Definition of emir in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɛˈmiːə
(also amir)


  • 1A title of various Muslim (mainly Arab) rulers: HRH the Emir of Kuwait
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    • They selected various people and called them kings, emirs and sheikhs.
    • The amir of Kuwait is not claiming to be a caliph!
    • In 1999, the emir of Kuwait dissolved parliament and, along with a variety of other liberalizing measures, sought to grant women the right to vote by decree.
  • 1.1 historical A Muslim (usually Arab) military commander or local chief: emirs giving nominal allegiance to the caliph
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    • And there was absolutely strict obedience to the amir - or commander - of the overall operations.
    • His family had been inducted into Mughal hierarchy as amirs (nobles).
    • A hundred Mameluks under the command of an emir entered the castle to oversee the transfer.


late 16th century (denoting a male descendant of Muhammad): from French émir, from Arabic 'amīr (see amir).

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