from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A high officer in a Muslim government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
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- n. A high-ranking official or minister in an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A councilor of state; a high executive officer in Turkey and other Oriental countries.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a high official in a Muslim government (especially in the Ottoman Empire)
Turkish vezir, from Arabic wazīr, burdened, minister, from 'āzara, to help, derived form of 'azara, to surround; see אzr in Semitic roots or from wazara, to carry a burden; see wzr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)". (Wiktionary)