vizier

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish (Turkish vezir) (plausibly via French visir, vizir or Spanish visir), from Arabic وَزِير ‎(wazīr, helper, aide, minister, literally 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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Noun[edit]

vizier ‎(plural viziers)

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

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References[edit]

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

Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch visiere, from Old French visiere.

Noun[edit]

vizier n ‎(plural vizieren, diminutive viziertje n)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French visir, from Ottoman Turkish [script needed] ‎(vezir), from Arabic وَزِير ‎(wazīr, helper, aide, minister).

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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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]