vizier

noun
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

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Other Words from vizier

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

Examples of vizier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original game followed a prince whose father's army, influenced by a villainous vizier, sacks a Maharaja's city. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Prince of Persia returning with The Sands of Time remake," 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, "Egypt's oldest pyramid reopens to public after 14-year restoration," 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, "History Shows What’s Wrong With the Idea That War Is ‘Normal’ in the Middle East," 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, "The Rise of the East India Company Is Not a Cautionary Tale about Corporate Power," 2 Nov. 2019 The third is the vizier’s son, rival to Aladdin’s affections for the princess. National Geographic, "Top ten things you didn't know about Aladdin," 23 May 2019 Betrayed by his brothers, young Joseph suffers in slavery in Egypt before rising to become vizier, second in power only to Pharaoh. National Geographic, "Ancient Egypt gave rise to one of the world's oldest Christian faiths," 19 Apr. 2019 The sultan accepts his gifts, but marries his daughter to the vizier’s son anyway. National Geographic, "Top ten things you didn't know about Aladdin," 23 May 2019 This goes on until his vizier’s clever daughter Shahrazad offers to become his new bride. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "How ‘Aladdin’ came to be: Thank (or blame) an 18th-century French scholar," 12 June 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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“Vizier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vizier. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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