Vizier definition

vĭ-zîr, vĭzyər
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In the Ottoman Empire, a high officer in the government; esp., a minister of state.
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A high officer in a Muslim government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
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A high-ranking official or minister in an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of vizier - wazir, vizir

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vizier
Plural:
viziers

Origin of vizier

  • Turkish vezir from Arabic wazīr burdened, minister from ’āzara to help derived form of ’azara to surround ℵzr in Semitic roots or from wazara to carry a burden wzr in Semitic roots

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

  • From Turkish vezir (plausibly via French visir, vizir or Spanish visir), from Arabic وزير (wazÄ«r, “helper, aide, minister"), "one who bears (the burden of office)", from an Iranian source. Compare Middle Persian wcyl (vičīr (early), wizÄ«r (late), “decision, judgment"), Avestan 𐬬𐬍𐬗𐬌𐬭𐬀 (vÄ«cira, “arbitrator, judge"), and Old Armenian Õ¾Õ³Õ«Õ¼ (včiá¹™), an Iranian borrowing.

    From Wiktionary