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- noun A high officer in a Muslim government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A councilor of state; a high executive officer in Turkey and other Oriental countries.
- noun the chief minister of the Turkish empire; -- called also
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- noun A high-ranking
officialor ministerin an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
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- noun a high official in a Muslim government (especially in the Ottoman Empire)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[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.]
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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)".
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