- a term of respect for the head of a religious group, especially in Pakistan and various areas of the Middle and Near East.
- a religious instructor, especially in mystical sects.
Origin of pir
1665–75; < Hindi, Urdu pīr old man < Persian
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Examples from the Web for pir
His name is Pir, which in their language also means a holy man.The Eyes of Asia
How he could ever get up the Pir Panjal, I could not imagine.The Diary of a Hunter from the Punjab to the Karakorum Mountains
Augustus Henry Irby
The danger was too great, or why did not Pir Baksh himself lead them, they asked.
“I hope that rascal Pir Baksh has been killed,” he said presently.
I do not grudge the injury if that son of a hyena, Pir Baksh, has been killed.
- a title given to Sufi masters