\ 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

Examples of emir in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The emir and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Wednesday in Madrid and signed 12 agreements to solidify stronger bilateral relations. Joseph Wilson, ajc, 18 May 2022 The reports carried almost identical language, saying that the emir hoped for peace in Syria and that the meeting addressed relations between the two countries. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 On Facebook, under a video of a smiling Assad walking with the emir and under photos of them clasping hands, Syrians cheered. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 The late January event, making the emir the first Gulf leader to visit the Biden White House, punctuated a remarkable turnaround for Qatar. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Feb. 2022 Rebels in Yemen have launched rockets and drone attacks in the region, and the emir’s visit comes as rockets targeted Qatar’s neighbor, the U.A.E., from inside Yemen on Monday. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 31 Jan. 2022 Both Syrian and United Arab Emirates state media announced the visit and published photos of the two at one of the emir’s residences in Dubai. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022 The emir dissolves the country’s parliament in a further effort to restore stability. CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 Beyond that, Ali is burdened by the destructive legacy of his notorious militant brother Qasim al-Raymi, the emir of al-Qaeda in Yemen, who was directly responsible for poaching Ali as a jihadist at 16 years of age. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emir

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emir

Arabic amīr commander

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21 May 2022

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“Emir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emir. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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