(redirected from Asaf Jahi)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.


 (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]
References in periodicals archive ?
They belonged to the Asaf Jahi dynasty, which was founded by Mir Qamar-ud-Din Siddiqui.
Their successors, the Asaf Jahi rulers carried on with the tradition till 1948.
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.
Stamps with the monogram 'Sarkar-e-Asafiya' (the Nizams belonged to the Asaf Jahi dynasty) are exhibited as well.