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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.]
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(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
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(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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The riches include diamonds, jewellery and other valuables offered by various dynasties ranging from Cholas and Chalukyas to Devrayas and even the Nizams of the Deccan.
He founded the independent State of Hyderabad in 1724 and, in all ten Nizams ruled the state from its inception till its forced annexation by India in September 1948.
MA/MMK: Two interesting projects you later worked on were an exhibition on khadi in 2002, and archiving and curating the collection of textiles and garments of the Hyderabad Nizams in 2006-07 towards a permanent display.
After ten years of sensitive restoration the property opened in November 2010 providing guests a glimpse of the elusive imperial lifestyle of the Nizams who governed the legendary city of Hyderabad.
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