or a·mir

[ uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer ]
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  1. a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.

  2. a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad.

  1. (initial capital letter) the former title of the ruler of Afghanistan.

  2. a title of certain Turkish officials.

Origin of emir

First recorded in 1625–35; from Arabic ʾamīr “commander, prince,” from ʾamara “to command, order”
  • Also a·meer, e·meer .

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How to use emir in a sentence

  • Splendid was the emir in form and face, with broad shoulders and lordly height and poise.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • He had but set eyes on De Valmont and the emir, when he saw his day-dreams vanish in thin air.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • While she was staring at the words, Bardas, the serving-man, startled her: "The emir Iftikhar to see the gracious princess."

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Only the emir Iftikhar communed darkly with his own heart, and with certain sworn followers of his in the Saracen guard.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • I shall become a great emir,—vizier perhaps—no—I will better that; what may not a good sword hope with favoring start?

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for emir


/ (ɛˈmɪə) /

noun(in the Islamic world)
  1. an independent ruler or chieftain

  2. a military commander or governor

  1. a descendant of Mohammed

Origin of emir

C17: via French from Spanish emir, from Arabic ' amīr commander
  • Also spelt: amir

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