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Trucial States


a federation of 7 Arab emirates on the eastern Arabian peninsula; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1971; rich in oil reserves


location noun (spatial position)


archaic | plural | proper noun | until 1971

Member of:

Arab League

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


Abu Dhabi | Dubai


United Arab Emirates | Trucial Coast [archaic] | Trucial Oman [archaic] | Trucial Sheikhdoms [archaic, plural] | U.A.E. [acronym] | UAE [acronym]


truce (notably the 1853 Perpetual Maritime Truce) + -ial + the plural of state
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


Trucial States | Trucial Oman | Trucial States of the Coast of Oman | Trucial Coast | Trucial Sheikhdoms

a group of sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf. They were a British protectorate from 1820 until 1971, when they became the United Arab Emirates. The sheikhdoms included: Abu Dhabi ; Ajman ; Dubai ; Sharjah ; Umm al-Quwain ; Ras al-Khaimah ; Dibba ;... (44 of 852 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

United Arab Emirates | Trucial States [archaic, until 1971] | UAE [archaic, until 1971] | Trucial Sheikhdoms [archaic] | Trucial Oman [archaic] | Trucial Coast [archaic]

a group of seven emirates in southwestern Asia, on the Persian Gulf: consists of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Ras el Khaimah, and ... (26 of 479 words, 8 usage examples)


Oxford Dictionary:

United Arab Emirates | UAE [abbreviation] | Trucial States [archaic, until 1971]

an independent state on the south coast of the Persian Gulf, west of the Gulf of Oman; population 4,798,500 (2009 estimate); official language, ... (23 of 94 words, pronunciation)



United Arab Emirates | Trucial States [archaic] | Trucial Oman [archaic] | UAE [abbreviation]

country northeastern Arabia on Persian Gulf between Qatar and Oman; a republic composed of seven sheikhdoms (Abu Dhabi, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash ... (22 of 75 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/united arab emirates

Columbia Encyclopedia:

United Arab Emirates | Pirate Coast | Trucial Coast | Trucial Oman | Trucial States

federation of sheikhdoms (2005 estimated population: 2,563,000), about 30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), southeastern Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the ... (22 of 73 words)


Random House Dictionary:

United Arab Emirates | U.A.E. [abbreviation] | Trucial Oman [archaic] | Trucial Sheikdoms [archaic] | Trucial States [archaic]

an independent federation in eastern Arabia, formed in 1971, now comprising seven emirates on the southern coast (formerly, Pirate Coast or Trucial ... (22 of 68 words)



Trucial States

Former name for Trucial Oman, the precursor of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), comprising most of those small Arab coastal states (then sheikhdoms) on the Persian Gulf, under Bitish protectorate since the 1820 General Maritime Treaty; previously known... (38 of 43 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Trucial States

Britannica Encyclopedia:

United Arab Emirates | Felis margarita [species]

federation of seven emirates along the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The largest of these emirates, Abū Ẓaby, which comprises more than ... (23 of 1500 words, 14 images)


American Heritage Dictionary:

United Arab Emirates | UAE [abbreviation] | Trucial Oman

A country of eastern Arabia, a federation of seven sheikdoms on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Converted to Islam in the 7th century, the area ... (28 of 121 words, pronunciation, 1 image)


New World Dictionary:

United Arab Emirates | UAE [abbreviation]

country in eastern Arabia, on the Persian Gulf, consisting of seven Arab emirates (formerly called "Trucial States"): 32,300 sq mi (83,657 sq km); ... (23 of 31 words, 1 image)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

the UAE [abbreviation] | United Arab Emirates

a group of seven states on the southern coast of the Persian Gulf (13 of 45 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

the UAE [abbreviation] | UAE

the United Arab Emirates (4 of 12 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

Trucial States

archaic "United Arab Emirates until 1971" (6 of 16 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861722187​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference


Trucial States

Origin: truce (notably the 1853 Perpetual Maritime Truce) + -ial + the plural of state

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Trucial States

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Trucial States

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Trucial States"


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

Trucial States

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Trucial States"

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YourDictionary Audio:

Trucial States

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