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vizier

or vi·zir

[vi-zeer, viz-yer]
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noun
  1. (formerly) a high official in certain Muslim countries and caliphates, especially a minister of state.Compare grand vizier.

Origin of vizier

1555–65; < Turkish vezīr < Arabic wazīr
Related formsvi·zier·ate [vi-zeer-it, -eyt, viz-yer-it, -yuh-reyt] /vɪˈzɪər ɪt, -eɪt, ˈvɪz yər ɪt, -yəˌreɪt/, vi·zier·ship, nounvi·zier·i·al, adjective
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vizier

noun
  1. 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
Derived Formsvizierial or vizirial, adjectiveviziership, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Turkish vezīr, from Arabic wazīr porter, from wazara to bear a burden
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Word Origin and History for vizir

vizier

n.

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."

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