Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The office, power, or reign of a sultan.
  • n. A country ruled by a sultan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sovereign or vassal princely state - usually Muslim where the ruler is styled sultan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The rule or dominion of a sultan; sultanship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rule, dominion, or territory of a sultan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. country or territory ruled by a sultan

Etymologies

From sultan +‎ -ate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During the protracted war - a true guerilla war - which we had to wage with the Achin sultanate, both army and navy suffered very severely from the disease.

    Christiaan Eijkman - Nobel Lecture

  • The bond was particularly strong in Asia Minor, always nursed by the sultanate from the earliest days; with the result that at the disposal first of the sultanate, then of Enver Pasha, last (owing to circumstances we shall have to consider) of Kemal Pasha, there are the resources of a country which we are told on high authority "no administration, however improvident and malign has been able to exhaust."

    The Return of the Turk

  • This hotel development represents a milestone for the sultanate, which is rapidly developing as a popular tourist destination.

    Starwood Increases Long Established Lead in the Middle East - Yahoo! Finance

  • Indeed, while some critics have spoken of Berlusconi's reign as a kind of sultanate of showgirls, or government by gaffe, others have described it as a republic of attorneys.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • The archipelago of 300,000 people on 1,196 islands will officially get its new president on November 11, exactly 30 years after the Gayoom "sultanate" began.

    British Blogs

  • The Gayoom "sultanate" was an iron-fisted regime that ran the police, army and courts, and which banned rival parties.

    Mathaba Highlights Briefing

  • Tropical storm Keila developed in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday and then moved across Oman, bringing torrential rain and flash floods across much of the sultanate.

    Weatherwatch: Heavy rain storms sweep cars away

  • His principled bearing, Mr. Bay suggests, helped him exercise authority and accumulate power even when all around him was a shambles, as the Young Turks, who opposed the Ottoman sultanate, bickered and "The Sick Man of Europe" suffered through his death throes.

    Boardroom Conquerors

  • Bauer and Fattal mimicked a similar arrangement for the release of a third American hiker at the same time last year, as Mr. Ahmadinejad was traveling to New York to address the U.N. Sarah Shourd, Mr. Bauer's fiancée, was also released on a $500,000 bail posted by the sultanate of Oman in the Persian Gulf.

    Iran Releases Two American Hikers

  • Even before accepting his first job, in the Sudanese Political Service, Thesiger had marked his card by financing an expedition through the forbidden sultanate of Aussa in eastern Ethiopia to find the source of the Awash River.

    Drawn to Harsh Places

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