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emir

or a·mir

[ uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer ]

noun

  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.


emir

/ ɛˈmɪə /

noun

  1. an independent ruler or chieftain
  2. a military commander or governor
  3. a descendant of Mohammed


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Word History and Origins

Origin of emir1

First recorded in 1625–35; from Arabic ʾamīr “commander, prince,” from ʾamara “to command, order”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of emir1

C17: via French from Spanish emir, from Arabic ' amīr commander

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Example Sentences

These fields were known to have state-of-the-art facilities, including wells, drinking fountains, resting spaces sheltered by palm trees, water wheels, stables, and even opulent quarters for the Mamluk sultans, emirs, and their personal retinues.

He adds: “None of the fighters will dare touch it, if an emir has given permission.”

Also imprisoned with the boys: a Libyan member of ISIS who apparently had gotten into a dispute with the emir.

The next day they met a local ISIS official, or emir: a Saudi man who introduced himself as Abu Musa.

The emir often receives household heads asking him to let their sons leave ISIS and apparently he often responds positively.

Her name is Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, and she was until recently the wife of the emir of Qatar.

Splendid was the emir in form and face, with broad shoulders and lordly height and poise.

He had but set eyes on De Valmont and the emir, when he saw his day-dreams vanish in thin air.

While she was staring at the words, Bardas, the serving-man, startled her: "The emir Iftikhar to see the gracious princess."

Only the Emir Iftikhar communed darkly with his own heart, and with certain sworn followers of his in the Saracen guard.

I shall become a great emir,—vizier perhaps—no—I will better that; what may not a good sword hope with favoring start?

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