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governorate

[ guhv-er-ner-it, -nuh-reyt, -uh-ner-, -uh-nuh- ]
/ ˈgʌv ər nər ɪt, -nəˌreɪt, -ə nər-, -ə nə- /
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noun

an administrative division of a country, especially Egypt.

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Origin of governorate

First recorded in 1895–1900; governor + -ate3
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