or vi·zir

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. vizagapatam,
  2. vizard,
  3. vizcacha,
  4. vizcaíno,
  5. vizcaíno, sebastián,
  6. vizierate,
  7. vizor,
  8. vizsla,
  9. viëtor,
  10. viña del mar

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vizierate


/ (vɪˈzɪərɪt, -eɪt) /


the position, rank, or authority of a vizier
the term of office of a vizier


/ (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 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 vizierate



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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