e·mir (ĭ-mîr, ā-mîr) also a·mir (ə-mîr, ā-mîr)
A prince, chieftain, or governor, especially in the Middle East.
[French émir, from Arabic 'amīr, commander, prince, from 'amara, to command; see ʾmr in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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