[ vi-zeer, viz-yer ]
/ vɪˈzɪər, ˈvɪz yər /
(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
OTHER WORDS FROM viziervi·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
Words nearby vizier
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Example sentences from the Web for vizierate
The rents that ought to be paid to the Vizier of the Empire he gave to the Vizierate.
British Dictionary definitions for vizierate (1 of 2)
/ (vɪˈzɪərɪt, -eɪt) /
the position, rank, or authority of a vizier
the term of office of a vizier
British Dictionary definitions for vizierate (2 of 2)
/ (vɪˈzɪə) /
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
Derived forms of viziervizierial 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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