- (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 vizir
Shortly after, the vizir himself was conducted to the Seven Towers.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. I of II)
A golden stirrup which the Vizir had lost was brought to Sobieski.Historical Parallels, vol 2 of 3)
Arthur Thomas Malkin
A Berber sheik came to the support of the vizir, and Badis was appeased.
For257 a Mahometan who chose a vizir ruled, but did not govern.
The Jewish vizir, however, knew how to silence him who cursed.
- 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 vizir
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."