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 (bō-yär′, boi′ər)
A member of a class of higher Russian nobility that until the time of Peter I headed the civil and military administration of the country and participated in an early duma.

[Alteration (influenced by French boyard, from Russian boyarin) of Early Modern English boiaren, from Russian boyarin, from Old Russian bolyarinŭ, from Old Church Slavonic, probably from Bulgar Turkic (Turkic language of a Turkic tribe that settled in the Volga and Danube basins in the early Middle Ages ) *boyla er, noble man : boyla, Turkic nobleman of a rank below a khan (akin to Old Turkic boylā) + *er, man (akin to Turkish Old Turkic er).]


(ˈbəʊjɑː; ˈbɔɪə)
(Heraldry) a member of an old order of Russian nobility, ranking immediately below the princes: abolished by Peter the Great
[C16: from Old Russian boyarin, from Old Slavonic boljarinǔ, probably from Old Turkic boila a title]


(boʊˈyɑr, ˈbɔɪ ər)

also bo•yard

(-ˈyɑrd, -ərd)

1. a member of the nobility of Russia, before Peter the Great.
2. a member of a former privileged class in Romania.
[1585–95; earlier boiaren < Russian boyárin]
References in classic literature ?
I am a Boyar. The common people know me, and I am master.
(It seemed to Napoleon that the chief import of what was taking place lay in the personal struggle between himself and Alexander.) "From the height of the Kremlin- yes, there is the Kremlin, yes- I will give them just laws; I will teach them the meaning of true civilization, I will make generations of boyars remember their conqueror with love.
'Boyars,' I will say to them, 'I do not desire war, I desire the peace and welfare of all my subjects.' However, I know their presence will inspire me, and I shall speak to them as I always do: clearly, impressively, and majestically.
A general with a brilliant suite galloped off at once to fetch the boyars.
His speech to the boyars had already taken definite shape in his imagination.
They were not alarmed by the fact that Moscow had been abandoned by its inhabitants (grave as that fact seemed), but by the question how to tell the Emperor- without putting him in the terrible position of appearing ridiculous- that he had been awaiting the boyars so long in vain: that there were drunken mobs left in Moscow but no one else.
No, in seeking to blame the President's indifference to the plight of the poor on his insulating advisers, my interviewee was succumbing to the Bad Boyar theory of politics: If only the czar knew!
and the boyar [Sheremetev] was sent to us with words of mercy, and what more is there for us to believe." (28)
After the death of the initiator of the war, Patriarch Filaret, the need to provide an immediate assistance to the troops of a boyar and Commander Michael Shein, in defeat by Smolensk, caused the convening of a new Sobor by decree of 28 January, 1634.
The candidates for the princely dignity had to observe few conditions: to be, at least, 40 years old and originate from a boyar's family (Negulescu, Alexianu, 1944: 5).
First of all, the peasant voters were lured, by the landlords from the area, towards a specific delegate, who was the "man of the boyar".
Stuart Boyar has retired as president of the Cooley Group, the Rochester-based brand-enhancement and marketing firm.