- (formerly) a high official in certain Muslim countries and caliphates, especially a minister of state.Compare grand vizier.
Origin of vizier
Examples from the Web for vizier
The King, having regard to the rank of the Vizier, pardons the offender.The Faith of Islam
"Nothing escapes your honour's penetration," answered the vizier.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks
The vizier showed to the cadi Abou Amr this passage which scandalised him.
He there lived on friendly terms with the vizier of that country.
Finally the sultan and the vizier went into the tent and came out again.
- a high official in certain Muslim countries, esp in the former Ottoman Empire. Viziers served in various capacities, such as that of provincial governor or chief minister to the sultan
Word Origin and History for vizier
1560s, from Turkish vezir "counsellor," from Arabic wazir "viceroy," literally "one who bears (the burden of office)," literally "porter, carrier," from wazara "he carried." But Klein says Arabic wazir is from Avestan viçira "arbitrator, judge." He also says it replaced Arabic katib, literally "writer," in the sense "secretary of state."