- 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.
Origin of boyar
Examples from the Web for boyar
Historical Examples of boyar
Upon the tale the boyar had brought him he offered now no comment.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
In the Bukowina every gentleman or proprietor of land is called Boyar.Austria
Their souls are like the soul of Yorga's mother, the boyar's daughter.Dust of New York
Here I am noble; I am boyar; the common people know me, and I am master.Dracula
Many a mercenary perished, but finally not a boyar remained alive.Roumanian Stories
- a member of an old order of Russian nobility, ranking immediately below the princes: abolished by Peter the Great
Word Origin 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."