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[uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer]
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  1. emir.
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or e·meer, a·mir, a·meer

[uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer]
  1. a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.
  2. a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad.
  3. (initial capital letter) the former title of the ruler of Afghanistan.
  4. a title of certain Turkish officials.
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Origin of emir

First recorded in 1615–25, emir is from the Arabic word amīr commander
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Historical Examples

  • And the Emeer Moosa went on into the interior of the palace.

    The Arabian Nights


  • Then the king of the blacks said to the emeer: "Are ye of mankind, or of the genies?"

  • And the emeer said: "This is what occurred to my mind, and excellent is the advice."

  • So the Emeer Moosà said, This is the action of the rational.

  • The Emeer Moosa thereupon presented to the king of the blacks many presents, and gave him large gifts.

British Dictionary definitions for emeer


noun (in the Islamic world)
  1. an independent ruler or chieftain
  2. a military commander or governor
  3. a descendant of Mohammed
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Also spelt: amir

Word Origin

C17: via French from Spanish emir, from Arabic ' amīr commander
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Word Origin and History for emeer



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

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