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

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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 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, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney's Live-Action 'Aladdin' Finds Its Jafar (Exclusive)," 4 Aug. 2017 The emperor held it only two years, it being retaken by the grand vizier. Bruce Sterling, WIRED, "Meanwhile, in Belgrade, February 1717," 31 Aug. 2012 Can’t help himself - Free Beacon vizier Matthew Continetti writes that the president seems unable to help himself and now needs to help rather than hinder his own team. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Quick, read this before news breaks!," 19 May 2017

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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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