[ni-zahm, -zam, nahy-]
  1. the title of the ruler of Hyderabad from the beginning of the 18th century to 1950.
  2. (lowercase) the Turkish regular army or any member of it.

Origin of Nizam

1595–1605; (def 1) < Urdu Nizām-al-mulk governor of the realm; (def 2) < Turkish nizamiye regular army; both < Arabic niẓām order, arrangement Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (formerly) a Turkish regular soldier

Word Origin for nizam

C18: ultimately from Arabic nizām order, arrangement


  1. the title of the ruler of Hyderabad, India, from 1724 to 1948
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