Origin of boyar
Examples from the Web for boyar
The popular poet describes him as giving to a potter the insignia and dignity of a Boyar.Russia: Its People and Its Literature|Emilia Pardo Bazán
In the Bukowina every gentleman or proprietor of land is called Boyar.Austria|Frederick Shoberl
To have punished Boyar when already on his hind feet would have been folly.
Whereat the mother crossed herself and muttered a prayer and the boyar laughed boisterously.Moscow|Fred Whishaw
Boyar, lifting his head, nickered and was answered by Rally, entering the meadow.
British Dictionary definitions for boyar
Word Origin for boyar
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."