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Origin of vizier
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.