vi·​zier | \ və-ˈzir How to pronounce vizier (audio) \

Definition of vizier

1 : a high executive officer of various Muslim countries and especially of the Ottoman Empire
2 : a civil officer in ancient Egypt having viceregal powers

Other Words from vizier

vizierate \ və-​ˈzir-​ət How to pronounce vizier (audio) , -​ˈzir-​ˌāt \ noun
vizierial \ və-​ˈzir-​ē-​əl How to pronounce vizier (audio) \ adjective
viziership \ və-​ˈzir-​ˌship How to pronounce vizier (audio) \ noun

Examples of vizier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Senate’s grand vizier, Joe Manchin, had floated a voting rights deal of his own but only secured the support of one of the necessary 10 GOP senators needed to pass his measure, which failed to advance. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 30 Oct. 2021 Civilian officials were often competent ex-slaves, sometimes including even the vizier of the Ottoman sultan himself. Razib Khan, National Review, 31 July 2021 Fate follows a beggar king, his daughter, a dancer, and the caliph and grand vizier of Baghdad. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Yasemin Saplakoglu, Meidum Geese—now housed in Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities—originally adorned the tomb of Nefermaat, a vizier who served the Pharaoh Snefru, and his wife, Itet. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Feb. 2021 The original game followed a prince whose father's army, influenced by a villainous vizier, sacks a Maharaja's city. Nick Romano,, 10 Sep. 2020 Designed by architect Imhoteb, the vizier of Djoser, the pyramid includes a 28-metre deep burial chamber for the pharaoh who some scholars believe ruled Egypt for almost two decades. Hatem Maher, ABC News, 5 Mar. 2020 Later, even during periods of sectarian tension, the Shi‘i Fatimid caliphs had Sunnis, Christians and Jews serving as their viziers. Time, 13 Jan. 2020 Religious intolerance, devastating Persian and Afghan invasions, a series of weak and unstable rulers, and powerful viziers and regional potentates left the emperor imprisoned and his heir, Shah Alam, exiled from Delhi. Iain Murray, National Review, 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of vizier

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vizier

Turkish vezir, from Arabic wazīr

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7 Nov 2021

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“Vizier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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