or e·meer, a·mir, a·meer
[uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer]
- 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.
Origin of emir
First recorded in 1615–25, emir is from the Arabic word amīr commander
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Examples from the Web for emir
He adds: “None of the fighters will dare touch it, if an emir has given permission.”U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
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.ISIS’s Newest Recruit Is 10 Years Old
June 30, 2014
Her name is Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, and she was until recently the wife of the emir of Qatar.Why You’ve Never Heard of the World’s Best-Dressed Royal
April 9, 2014
They were the messengers and the troops of the Emir of Mecca.
Is your house more secure than the convent of the patriarch, or the palace of the emir?
The emir A. came and conversed a length of time on the case of Shidiak.
They treat their advance as a matter which only concerns the Emir and with which we have nothing to do.The Coming Conquest of England
The horseman was the young Emir who was a guest the night before in the divan of Besso.Tancred
- an independent ruler or chieftain
- a military commander or governor
- a descendant of Mohammed
Also spelt: amir
C17: via French from Spanish emir, from Arabic ' amīr commander
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Word Origin and History for emir
1590s, from Arabic amir "commander" (see admiral).
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