Russian History. a member of the old nobility of Russia, before Peter the Great made rank dependent on state service.
a member of a former privileged class in Romania.
Also bo·yard [boh-yahrd, boi-erd] /boʊˈyɑrd, ˈbɔɪ ərd/
Origin of boyar
1585–95; earlier boiaren < Russian boyárin, akin to OCS bolyarinŭ (translating Greek megistán man of high status), Bulgarian bolyár(in); of disputed orig.Related formsbo·yar·ism, bo·yard·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for boyar
Historical Examples of boyar
Upon the tale the boyar had brought him he offered now no comment.
In the Bukowina every gentleman or proprietor of land is called Boyar.
Their souls are like the soul of Yorga's mother, the boyar's daughter.
Here I am noble; I am boyar; the common people know me, and I am master.
Many a mercenary perished, but finally not a boyar remained alive.
British Dictionary definitions for boyar
a member of an old order of Russian nobility, ranking immediately below the princes: abolished by Peter the Great
Word Origin for boyar
C16: from Old Russian boyarin, from Old Slavonic boljarinǔ, probably from Old Turkic boila a title
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Word Origin and History for boyar
member of a Russian aristocratic class (abolished by Peter the Great), 1590s, from Russian boyarin, perhaps from boji "struggle," or from Slavic root *bol- "great."
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