[ uh-meer ]
/ əˈmɪər /


Origin of amir

1605–15; < Arabic amīr commander; see emir

Definition for amir (2 of 2)


or e·meer, a·mir, a·meer

[ uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer ]
/ əˈmɪər, eɪˈmɪər, ˈeɪ mɪər /


a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.
a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad.
(initial capital letter) the former title of the ruler of Afghanistan.
a title of certain Turkish officials.

Origin of emir

First recorded in 1615–25, emir is from the Arabic word amīr commander Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amir

British Dictionary definitions for amir (1 of 2)


/ (əˈmɪə) /


a variant spelling of emir
(formerly) the ruler of Afghanistan; ameer

Derived Forms

amirate, noun

Word Origin for amir

C19: from Arabic, variant of emir

British Dictionary definitions for amir (2 of 2)


/ (ɛˈmɪə) /

noun (in the Islamic world)

an independent ruler or chieftain
a military commander or governor
a descendant of Mohammed
Also spelt: amir

Word Origin for emir

C17: via French from Spanish emir, from Arabic ' amīr commander
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