\ 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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People who were very close to the Palace—emirs, princes, prominent academics, businessmen—were put under custody. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée Speaks About Mourning and Freedom," 15 Aug. 2019 Jones recently detailed in a series of tweets an apparent information operation emanating from Saudi Arabia following a visit to the White House this month by Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s not just the Russians anymore as Iranians and others turn up disinformation efforts ahead of 2020 vote," 26 July 2019 The president attended a dinner at the Treasury Department Monday night, at which the emir said Qatar has a trade deficit with the U.S., which should please Mr. Trump. CBS News, "Trump meets with emir of Qatar — live updates," 9 July 2019 Darroch was disinvited to a dinner with Trump and Qatar's emir on Monday, according to U.S. and British officials. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump steps up attacks on British ambassador, calling Kim Darroch 'very stupid guy'," 8 July 2019 Qatar’s support package, which involves direct investments and deposits, comes after the country’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Wednesday, according to a government statement. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Qatar Will Inject $15 Billion Into Turkish Economy Amid Breakdown With U.S.," 15 Aug. 2018 And all the Middle East princesses are crazy about our made-to-measure handmade household linens: The daughter of an emir once ordered a 60-meter-long tablecloth, fully embroidered with flying pink flamingos. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "A Century-Old Florentine Atelier Looks to the Future With Its First Resort Collection," 14 June 2019 Turkish troops retreated under the command of Mustafa Kemal—later the founder of the republic of Turkey (and better known as Atatürk)—and were pursued by the emir Faisal’s Arab forces, by Mysore lancers, and by Australian armored car units. Mark Mazower, The New York Review of Books, "An Archive of Atrocities," 4 Apr. 2019 In a rare sign of easing tensions, King Salman and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, sat at the same sprawling table at Sunday’s opening session. Bouazza Bin Bouazza, The Seattle Times, "Arab League rejects Trump’s Israel policies at annual summit," 31 Mar. 2019

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

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