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emir

[uh-meer, ey-meer, ey-meer] /əˈmɪər, eɪˈmɪər, ˈeɪ mɪər/
noun
1.
a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.
2.
a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad.
3.
(initial capital letter) the former title of the ruler of Afghanistan.
4.
a title of certain Turkish officials.
Also, emeer, amir, ameer.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Arabic amīr commander
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  • The emir had decreed it as a bit of window-dressing for the local mullahs.
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British Dictionary definitions for emir

emir

/ɛˈmɪə/
noun (in the Islamic world)
1.
an independent ruler or chieftain
2.
a military commander or governor
3.
a descendant of Mohammed
Also spelt amir
Word Origin
C17: via French from Spanish emir, from Arabic 'amīr commander
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Word Origin and History for emir
n.

1590s, from Arabic amir "commander" (see admiral).

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