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noun Islam.
  1. a term of respect for the head of a religious group, especially in Pakistan and various areas of the Middle and Near East.
  2. a religious instructor, especially in mystical sects.
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Origin of pir

1665–75; < Hindi, Urdu pīr old man < Persian
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Examples from the Web for pir

Historical Examples of pir

  • His name is Pir, which in their language also means a holy man.

    The Eyes of Asia

    Rudyard Kipling

  • How he could ever get up the Pir Panjal, I could not imagine.

  • The danger was too great, or why did not Pir Baksh himself lead them, they asked.

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

  • “I hope that rascal Pir Baksh has been killed,” he said presently.

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

  • I do not grudge the injury if that son of a hyena, Pir Baksh, has been killed.

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

British Dictionary definitions for pir


  1. a title given to Sufi masters
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Word Origin for Pir

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