- 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 boyard
Historical Examples of boyard
Mangou gave the boyard his life, but the Mother of Russian Cities was sacked.The Story of Russia
R. Van Bergen, M.A.
You see I am right in saying that the Boyard will have his joke.
From this room a doorway leads to the private room of the boyard.
The astonishment of the boyard was great He attempted to speak.
I fell to the share of a Boyard who made me his gardener, and gave me twenty lashes a day.Candide
- 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."