emir

noun
\ ə-ˈmir How to pronounce emir (audio) , ā-\
variants: or or less commonly ameer

Definition of emir

: a ruler, chief, or commander in Islamic countries

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The two also undoubtedly have seen the criticism by Saudi and Emirati media of Qatar’s ruling emir, 38-year-old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has included promoting exiled Qataris as possible leaders for the country. Washington Post, "Analysis: Qatar crisis widens fissures among US allies," 5 June 2018 But in the aughts, the then-emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, wanted a more potent symbol of national identity. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Abu Dhabi, whose emir acts as president of the U.A.E., has shown more willingness to cooperate with the U.S. than have Dubai’s leaders, analysts say. Ian Talley, WSJ, "After Iran Sanctions, U.S. Faces a Huge Task: Compliance," 6 Nov. 2018 As Arab Spring protests convulsed the region in 2011, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, ordered 1,000 dinar ($3,559) grants and free food coupons for every Kuwaiti. Hussain Al-qatari, Fox News, "Kuwait's highest court sentences lawmakers to prison," 8 July 2018 Trump said Wednesday during a White House meeting with the emir of Kuwait. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Trump reportedly approves new objectives in Syria, keeping military presence indefinitely," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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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emir

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emir

: a ruler, chief, or commander in an Islamic country

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