AskDefine | Define emirate

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1 the domain controlled by an emir
2 the office of an emir

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  1. the office of an emir
  2. a nation ruled by an emir

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Extensive Definition

Etymologically an emirate or amirate (, Imaarah ; plural: إمارات, Imaraat) is the quality, dignity, office or territorial competence of any Emir (prince, governor etc.).

As monarchies

Generally speaking, an emirate designates a political territory that is ruled by a dynastic Arab Monarch styled emir. As most emirates have either disappeared, been integrated in a larger modern state or changed their rulers' styles, e.g. to Malik (Arabic for King) or Sultan, such true emirate-states have become rare.
An example of this use persists in the United Arab Emirates, a federal nation that comprises seven federal emirates, each administered by a hereditary emir, these seven forming the electoral college for the federation's President and PM.

As provinces

Furthermore, in Arabic the term can be generalized to mean any province of a country that is administered by a member of the ruling class, especially of a member (usually styled emir) of the royal family, as in Saudi Arabian governorates.

List of independent Emirates

List of former and integrated emirates

emirate in Arabic: إمارة
emirate in Bulgarian: Емирство
emirate in Catalan: Emirat
emirate in Czech: Emirát
emirate in German: Emirat
emirate in Spanish: Emirato
emirate in Indonesian: Emirat
emirate in Italian: Emirato
emirate in Lithuanian: Emyratas
emirate in Macedonian: Емират
emirate in Dutch: Emiraat
emirate in Japanese: 首長国
emirate in Norwegian: Emirat
emirate in Polish: Emirat
emirate in Portuguese: Emirado
emirate in Russian: Эмират
emirate in Sicilian: Emiratu
emirate in Slovak: Emirát
emirate in Slovenian: Emirat
emirate in Finnish: Emiraatti
emirate in Swedish: Emirat
emirate in Ukrainian: Емірат
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