viziers

vizier

[vi-zeer, viz-yer]
noun
(formerly) a high official in certain Muslim countries and caliphates, especially a minister of state. Compare grand vizier.
Also, vizir.


Origin:
1555–65; < Turkish vezīr < Arabic wazīr

vizierate [vi-zeer-it, -eyt, viz-yer-it, -yuh-reyt] , viziership, noun
vizierial, adjective
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vizier (vɪˈzɪə)
 
n
a high official in certain Muslim countries, esp in the former Ottoman Empire. Viziers served in various capacities, such as that of provincial governor or chief minister to the sultan
 
[C16: from Turkish vezīr, from Arabic wazīr porter, from wazara to bear a burden]
 
vi'zierial
 
adj
 
vi'zirial
 
adj
 
vi'ziership
 
n

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vizier
1562, from Turk. vezir "counsellor," from Arabic wazir "viceroy," lit. "one who bears (the burden of office)," lit. "porter, carrier," from wazara "he carried." But Klein says Arabic wazir is from Avestan vicira "arbitrator, judge," and replaced Arabic katib, lit. "writer," in the sense "secretary of
state."
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