vi·zier (vĭ-zîr, vĭzyər)
A high officer in a Muslim government, especially in the Ottoman Empire.
[Turkish vezir, from Arabic wazīr, burdened, minister, from 'āzara, to help, derived form of 'azara, to surround; see ʾzr in the Appendix of Semitic roots, or from wazara, to carry a burden; see wzr in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
vi·zierate (vĭ-zîrĭt, -āt′, vĭzyər-ĭt, -yə-rāt′) n.
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