boyar[bō yär′, bo̵i′ər]
boyar definition by Webster's New World
- a member of the privileged aristocracy in czarist Russia, ranking just below the ruling princes: the rank was abolished by Peter I
- a member of the privileged aristocracy in Romania
Origin: Russian boyarin, plural boyare, grandee ; from boj, battle ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhei-, to strike
boyar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: From boiaren, from Russian boyarin, from Old Russian boljarin, from Turkic baylar, pl. of bay, rich, Turkish bay, rich, gentleman.