vizier

or vi·zir

[ vi-zeer, viz-yer ]
/ vɪˈzɪər, ˈvɪz yər /

noun

(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 vizier

vi·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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British Dictionary definitions for vizier

vizier
/ (vɪˈzɪə) /

noun

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 vizier

vizierial 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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