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

Keep scrolling for more

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 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 Disney’s Aladdin faces off against the evil vizier Jafar, but in the original text, there are three villains. National Geographic, "Top ten things you didn't know about Aladdin," 23 May 2019 Its creditors, led by the Imperial Ottoman Bank, forced the empire’s grand vizier to accept a humiliating solution. The Economist, "Out of the trapsEmerging markets are up and running," 5 Oct. 2017 If a deal makes, Kenzari will play Jafar, the vizier to the sultan of the city who wants to use the genie for his own nefarious plan of taking power. Borys Kit, Billboard, "Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' May Have Found Its Jafar," 4 Aug. 2017 Disney has cast Dutch-Tunisian actor Marwan Kenzari as the evil vizier Jafar in its live-action adaptation of Aladdin, which has Mena Massoud in the title role, Power Rangers actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Will Smith as the genie. Jackson Mchenry, The Cut, "Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Casts Marwan Kenzari As (a Very Hot) Jafar, and Nasim Pedrad As Jasmine’s Friend," 4 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vizier.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of vizier

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vizier

Turkish vezir, from Arabic wazīr

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vizier

Dictionary Entries near vizier








Statistics for vizier

Last Updated

27 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for vizier

The first known use of vizier was in 1599

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on vizier

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with vizier Encyclopedia article about vizier

Comments on vizier

What made you want to look up vizier? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!