or Ka·tar

[ kah-tahr, kuh-tahr, kuh-ter; Arabic khah-tahr ]

  1. an independent emirate on the Persian Gulf; under British protection until 1971. 8,500 sq. mi. (22,000 sq. km). Capital: Doha.

Other words from Qatar

  • Qa·tar·i, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Qatar



/ (kæˈtɑː) /

  1. a state in E Arabia, occupying a peninsula in the Persian Gulf: under Persian rule until the 19th century; became a British protectorate in 1916; declared independence in 1971; exports petroleum and natural gas. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: riyal. Capital: Doha. Pop: 2 042 444 (2013 est). Area: about 11 000 sq km (4250 sq miles)

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Cultural definitions for Qatar


[ (kah-tahr, kuh-tahr) ]

Kingdom on the Arabian Peninsula, located on a small peninsula extending into the Persian Gulf, bordered to the south by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Notes for Qatar

Qatar was a British protectorate from 1916 to 1971.

Notes for Qatar

It has successfully exploited its oil reserves since 1949.

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