vizier

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

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)",[1] from an Iranian source. Compare Middle Persian wcyl (vičīr (early), wizīr (late), decision, judgment), Avestan 𐬬𐬍𐬗𐬌𐬭𐬀 (vīcira, arbitrator, judge), and Old Armenian վճիռ (včiṙ), an Iranian borrowing.

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NounEdit

vizier (plural viziers)

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

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ReferencesEdit

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

DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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)" (probably literally "porter, carrier," from (wazara) "he carried", or from Avestan vicira "arbitrator, judge").

NounEdit

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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Etymology 2Edit

Latin root

NounEdit

vizier n (plural vizieren, diminutive viziertje n)

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

ReferencesEdit

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]
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