Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • 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 vizier-azem.

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  • noun A high-ranking official or minister in 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)

Etymologies

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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  • “One of Dyson’s daughters, the Internet vizier Esther Dyson, says her father raised her without a television so she would read more, and has always been ‘just as interested in talking to’ the latest graduate student to make the pilgrimage to Princeton ‘as he is the famous person at the next table.’�?

    The New York Times, The Civil Heretic, by Nicholas Dawidoff, March 25, 2009

    March 26, 2009