Origin of amir

1605–15; < Arabic amīr commander; see emir


or e·meer, a·mir, a·meer

[uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer]


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

Related Words for amir

leader, governor, chieftain, sheik, shah

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British Dictionary definitions for amir



a variant spelling of emir
(formerly) the ruler of Afghanistan; ameer
Derived Formsamirate, noun

Word Origin for amir

C19: from Arabic, variant of emir


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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Word Origin and History for amir

1610s; the same word as emir (q.v.), but generally used of contemporary Indian or Afghan rulers as opposed to historical ones.



1590s, from Arabic amir "commander" (see admiral).

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