vizier

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Turkish vezir (plausibly via French visir, vizir or Spanish visir), from Arabic وزير (wazīr, helper, aide, minister), "one who bears (the burden of office)",[1] from an Iranian source. Compare Middle Persian wcyl (wizīr, decision, judgment), Avestan 𐬬𐬍𐬗𐬌𐬭𐬀 (vīcira, arbitrator, judge), and Old Armenian վճիռ (včiṙ), an Iranian borrowing.

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vizier (plural viziers)

  1. A high-ranking official or minister in an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.

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  1. ^ "vizier." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 2008.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Turkish vezir (plausibly via French visir, vizir or Spanish visir), from Arabic وزير (wazīr, helper, aide, minister), "one who bears (the burden of office)" (probably literally "porter, carrier," from (wazara) "he carried", or from Avestan vicira "arbitrator, judge").

Noun[edit]

vizier m (plural viziers or vizieren, diminutive viziertje n)

  1. A high-ranking official or minister in an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
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Noun[edit]

vizier n (plural vizieren, diminutive viziertje n)

  1. A visor, a removable protective guard on a (knight's) helmet
  2. A back-sight, a visual aiming aid on the barrel of a gun

References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]