A high officer in a Muslim government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
In the Ottoman Empire, a high officer in the government; esp., a minister of state.
Origin of vizier
From Turkish vezir (plausibly via French visir, vizir or Spanish visir), from Arabic ÙˆØ²ÙŠØ± (wazÄ«r, “helper, aide, minister"), "one who bears (the burden of office)", from an Iranian source. Compare Middle Persian wcyl (viÄÄ«r (early), wizÄ«r (late), “decision, judgment"), Avestan ð¬¬ð¬ð¬—ð¬Œð¬ð¬€ (vÄ«cira, “arbitrator, judge"), and Old Armenian Õ¾Õ³Õ«Õ¼ (vÄiá¹™), an Iranian borrowing.