emir

or a·mir

[ uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer ]
/ əˈmɪər, eɪˈmɪər, ˈeɪ mɪər /

noun

a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.
a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad.
(initial capital letter) the former title of the ruler of Afghanistan.
a title of certain Turkish officials.

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Origin of emir

First recorded in 1625–35; from Arabic ʾamīr “commander, prince,” from ʾamara “to command, order”
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British Dictionary definitions for emir

emir
/ (ɛˈmɪə) /

noun (in the Islamic world)

an independent ruler or chieftain
a military commander or governor
a descendant of Mohammed
Also spelt: amir

Word Origin for emir

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