Definitions for viziervɪˈzɪər, ˈvɪz yər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vi•ziervɪˈzɪər, ˈvɪz yər(n.)
a high government official in certain Muslim countries, esp. in the former Ottoman Empire.
Category: Western History
Origin of vizier:
1555–65; < Turkish vezīr < Ar wazīr
a high official in a Muslim government (especially in the Ottoman Empire)
A high-ranking official or minister in an Islamic government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
a councilor of state; a high executive officer in Turkey and other Oriental countries
A vizier is a high-ranking political advisor or minister. The word derived from the Semitic root W-Z-R; the word is mentioned in the Quran. The Abbasid Caliphs give the name title wazir to a minister formerly called Katib who was at first merely a helper, afterwards became the representative and successor of the Dapir of the Sassanian kings. In modern usage, the term has been used for ministers in the Arab world, Uzbekistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
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