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emir

or e·meer, a·mir, a·meer

[uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer]
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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.
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Origin of emir

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

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 emir

n.

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

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