bo·​yar | \ bō-ˈyär How to pronounce boyar (audio) \
variants: or less commonly boyard

Definition of boyar

: a member of a Russian aristocratic order next in rank below the ruling princes until its abolition by Peter the Great

Examples of boyar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In exchange for the efficiencies of a single market, for example, Europeans have agreed to cede political controls to the boyars of Brussels. Peter Rough, National Review, 22 Apr. 2020 These days the boyars serve at his pleasure, just as those beneath them serve at their pleasure and so on all the way down. The Economist, 26 Oct. 2017 Power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of aristocratic boyars. A. O. Scott, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of boyar

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boyar

Russian boyarin

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“Boyar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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