vizierial


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

vi·zier

 (vĭ-zîr′, vĭz′yər)
n.
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.
vi·zier′i·al adj.
References in periodicals archive ?
Second, and more generally, in advancing his thesis that Mehmed IV continued to play an important role in state decision-making, Baer could have engaged more fully a significant body of scholarship that argues that an oligarchy of vizierial households, led by the Koprulu grand viziers, had displaced the dynasty as the center of power.