Definition of emir in English:


Syllabification: e·mir
Pronunciation: /əˈmir
(also amir)


1A title of various Muslim (mainly Arab) rulers: 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.
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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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