or vi·zir

[ vi-zeer, viz-yer ]

  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

Other words from vizier

  • vi·zier·ate [vi-zeer-it, -eyt, viz-yer-it, -yuh-reyt], /vɪˈzɪər ɪt, -eɪt, ˈvɪz yər ɪt, -yəˌreɪt/, vi·zier·ship, noun
  • vi·zier·i·al, adjective

Words Nearby vizier Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vizier in a sentence

  • The rebel leader was deep in converse with a richly-attired personage whom Frank discovered afterwards to be the vizier.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • Our last visit on this day was to the beautiful monument of the vizier Sofdar-Dchang, which is also a mosque.

  • Battle of Maclin; a body of 70,000 Turks under the grand vizier, defeated by the Russians.

  • She did so, and bound the vizier's arms with a scarf, which so amused the Wazir that he laughed loud and long.

  • 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 vizier


/ (vɪˈzɪə) /

  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

Origin of vizier

C16: from Turkish vezīr, from Arabic wazīr porter, from wazara to bear a burden

Derived forms of vizier

  • vizierial or vizirial, adjective
  • viziership, noun

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