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or vi·zir

[vi-zeer, viz-yer]
  1. (formerly) a high official in certain Muslim countries and caliphates, especially a minister of state.Compare grand vizier.
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Origin of vizier

1555–65; < Turkish vezīr < Arabic wazīr
Related formsvi·zier·ate [vi-zeer-it, -eyt, viz-yer-it, -yuh-reyt] /vɪˈzɪər ɪt, -eɪt, ˈvɪz yər ɪt, -yəˌreɪt/, vi·zier·ship, nounvi·zier·i·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of vizier

  • The King, having regard to the rank of the Vizier, pardons the offender.

    The Faith of Islam

    Edward Sell

  • "Nothing escapes your honour's penetration," answered the vizier.

  • The vizier showed to the cadi Abou Amr this passage which scandalised him.

  • He there lived on friendly terms with the vizier of that country.

  • Finally the sultan and the vizier went into the tent and came out again.

British Dictionary definitions for vizier


  1. a high official in certain Muslim countries, esp in the former Ottoman Empire. Viziers served in various capacities, such as that of provincial governor or chief minister to the sultan
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Derived Formsvizierial or vizirial, adjectiveviziership, noun

Word Origin for vizier

C16: from Turkish vezīr, from Arabic wazīr porter, from wazara to bear a burden
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Word Origin and History for vizier


1560s, from Turkish vezir "counsellor," from Arabic wazir "viceroy," literally "one who bears (the burden of office)," literally "porter, carrier," from wazara "he carried." But Klein says Arabic wazir is from Avestan viçira "arbitrator, judge." He also says it replaced Arabic katib, literally "writer," in the sense "secretary of state."

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