[ mur-zuh; Persian meer-zah ]

noun(in Persia, or Iran)
  1. a royal prince (placed after the name when used as a title).

  2. (a title of honor for men, prefixed to the name).

Origin of mirza

First recorded 1605–15; from Persian mirzā, mīrzā, shortening of amīrzāda ”lord's son,” equivalent to amīr ”lord, chief,” ultimately from Arabic (ʾa)mīr “commander” + native Iranian suffix zā(d) “born”; see origin at emir,kin

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How to use mirza in a sentence

  • He held that he acted under the pressure of a mob, intent on rescuing mirza Moghul, the heir apparent, and his brother and son.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • "mirza Hajji Baba," I answered, recollecting well the whole ceremonial.

  • Rasselas is simply an extended and glorified moral apologue—an enlarged "Vision of mirza."

    The English Novel | George Saintsbury
  • All the next day he spent in the garden, but on Sunday morning he sent word to the stables to have mirza saddled.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • She was at peace, her head against mirza's neck, her eyes upon Haward's face, clear in the flashing lightning.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for mirza


/ (ˈmɜːzə, mɪəˈzɑː) /

noun(in Iran)
  1. a title of respect placed before the surname of an official, scholar, or other distinguished man

  2. a royal prince: used as a title after a name

Origin of mirza

C17: from Persian: son of a lord

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