Boyar meaning

bō-yär, boiər
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(historical) A rank of aristocracy (second only to princes) in Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.
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A member of a class of higher Russian nobility that until the time of Peter I headed the civil and military administration of the country and participated in an early duma.
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A member of a class of higher Russian nobility that until the time of Peter I headed the civil and military administration of the country and participated in an early duma.
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A member of the privileged aristocracy in czarist Russia, ranking just below the ruling princes.
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A member of the privileged aristocracy in Romania.
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Origin of boyar

  • Alteration (influenced by French boyard) (from Russian boyarin) of Early Modern English boiaren from Russian boyarin from Old Russian bolyarinŭ from Old Church Slavonic probably from Bulgar Turkic (Turkic language of a Turkic tribe that settled in the Volga and Danube basins in the early Middle Ages ) boyla er noble man boyla Turkic nobleman of a rank below a khan (from Old Turkic) er, man Turkish er (from Old Turkic)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration (influenced by French boyard) (from Russian boyarin) of Early Modern English boiaren from Russian boyarin from Old Russian bolyarinŭ from Old Church Slavonic probably from Bulgar Turkic (Turkic language of a Turkic tribe that settled in the Volga and Danube basins in the early Middle Ages ) boyla er noble man boyla Turkic nobleman of a rank below a khan (from Old Turkic) er, man Turkish er (from Old Turkic)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Russian бояре (bojáre), plural of боярин (bojárin).

    From Wiktionary