- (formerly) a high official in certain Muslim countries and caliphates, especially a minister of state.Compare grand vizier.
Origin of vizier
Examples from the Web for vizierate
The rents that ought to be paid to the Vizier of the Empire he gave to the Vizierate.
- the position, rank, or authority of a vizier
- the term of office of a vizier
- 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
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."