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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 ʔzr in Semitic roots, or from wazara, to carry a burden; see wzr in Semitic roots.]
vi·zier′ate (vĭ-zîr′ĭt, -āt′, vĭz′yər-ĭt, -yə-rāt′) n.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the position, rank, or authority of a vizier
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the term of office of a vizier
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