\ə-ˈmir, ā-\
variants: or or less commonly ameer

Definition of emir 

: a ruler, chief, or commander in Islamic countries

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Qatar’s emir was not in attendance, instead dispatching his country’s Arab League representative to the meeting. Aya Batrawy, BostonGlobe.com, "Arab leaders meet to unify ranks, with eye on Iran," 15 Apr. 2018 Starting in the 18th century, the Gulf emirs came under the protection of the British empire, which sought to keep rivals away from the approaches to India. The Economist, "From pearls to black goldHow oil transformed the Gulf," 21 June 2018 The crowded diplomatic calendar begins Tuesday with the Qatari emir, who is among the Persian Gulf leaders Trump has pressed to contribute more to regional stabilization efforts. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Facing Trump: Syria. North Korea. Japan. France. Germany.," 10 Apr. 2018 The emir of Qatar was the only Arab leader present, and President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was the lone leader from the Americas. New York Times, "Erdogan Begins New Term and Names His Son-in-Law Finance Minister," 9 July 2018 Last week, with the emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, visiting the White House, a delegation promoting business opportunities in the country came to Washington. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "FIFA is considering a bigger World Cup in Qatar, one of the planet's smallest countries," 15 Apr. 2018 Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, is due to meet with President Trump Tuesday to discuss ways to strengthen ties between the two countries and advance common security and economic priorities, the White House said. Sarah Mcfarlane And Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Qatar in Talks on U.S. Shale Deal," 11 Apr. 2018 In a bid to insulate Kuwait from the unrest in the region in 2011, the emir ordered 1,000 dinar ($3,559) grants and free food coupons for every Kuwaiti. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 Much will depend on the impulses of three headstrong young men: Muhammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia; Muhammad bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the real power of the UAE; and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the emir of Qatar. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of emir

1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emir

Arabic amīr commander

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