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 (nĭ-zäm′, -zăm′, nī-)
1. Used formerly as a title for rulers of Hyderabad, India.
2. The Turkish army, especially in the 1800s.

[Urdu nizām(-almulk), governor (of the empire), from Arabic niẓām, order, arrangement, from naẓama, to arrange; see nṯ̣m in Semitic roots.]


(Military) (formerly) a Turkish regular soldier
[C18: ultimately from Arabic nizām order, arrangement]


the title of the ruler of Hyderabad, India, from 1724 to 1948


(nɪˈzɑm, -ˈzæm, naɪ-)

1. the title of the ruler of Hyderabad from the 18th century to 1950.
2. (l.c.) the Turkish army or any member of it.
[1595–1605; (definition 1) < Urdu Nizām-al-mulk governor of the realm; (definition 2) < Turkish nizamiye regular army; both < Arabic niẓām order, arrangement]
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Such was its power that it flourished even under the Asaf Jahi dynasty's notorious miser, the seventh and last reigning Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, who hardly ever spent anything on himself, though he was personally worth 2 per cent of the U.
Hyderabad The magnificent Falaknuma Palace or Mirror of the Sky, a symbol of opulence and glory of the Asaf Jahi era of erstwhile Hyderabad state, will reopen today after its ten-year-long restoration befitting a five-star hotel.
It now appears that the photo believed to be that of Rani Lakshmibai may actually be that of a princess of Tanjore -- it is now housed at Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, which once housed princes of the Asaf Jahi dynasty.