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)
The leading passion of the vizier was the love of receiving presents.
The establishment of a vizier is a fundamental law of despotism.
In the reign of Meneptah of the nineteenth dynasty the vizier was a native of Bashan, Ben-Mazana by name, whose father was called Yu the elder.
He took around with him on his rambles his vizier, Giafar (a vizier is a composite of a chauffeur, a secretary of state, and a night-and-day bank), and old Uncle Mesrour, his executioner, who toted a snickersnee.
Elkanah that was next to the king -- that is, the vizier or prime minister (Ge 41: 40; Es 10: 3).
The two tusks depicted on 1000 year old (and older) Islamic chess pieces of the "vizier," "farzin" or "wazir" evolved into the Bishop's mitre (in Western chess) as the Arabic version of chess spread into Europe and was adopted by the European royal courts.
"if your slave may be so honoured as to speak in your presence, a vizier should be a person of great tact; he should be able to draw the line as nicely as I do when I shave your sublime head, leaving not a vestige of the hair, yet entering not upon the skin."
He also spoke of him by his title of "vizier," which he declared he had never forfeited the right to use; and he also stated that he had only entered Epirus as a peace-maker.
"Nay, good vizier, that is as a last resource, for it is forbidden by the laws of the Prophet.
(shallit -- or "vizier" or even "sultan"), in fact, "the governor," and also the one who "sold grain to all the people of the land."