One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Arab ruler.
- ‘His family had been inducted into Mughal hierarchy as amirs (nobles).’
- ‘The third war was fought in 1919, when the new amir of Afghanistan, Amanullah, attacked British India and, although repulsed, secured the independence of Afghanistan through the Treaty of Rawalpindi.’
- ‘An ‘amir’, or ‘emir’, was a commander, and ‘al’ is the definite article, leading to titles such as ‘amir-al-bah’, commander of the sea.’
- ‘He was the group's ‘amir’ or leader in Anbar, the vast western province that is the heartland of the insurgency, until spring 2005, when he became the amir in Baghdad.’
- ‘We decided to look for a new amir - leader - for JI.’
- ‘The amir of Kuwait is not claiming to be a caliph!’
- ‘The leader, the amir himself, was the one that beckoned us to get in the car.’
- ‘The responsibility for the administration of the government in an Islamic state is entrusted to an amir who may be compared to the president or the prime minister in a Western democratic state.’
- ‘Following this remark, she has maintained that ‘the real power remained with Shajara, who ruled the kingdom in the name of the joint kings, in cooperation with the leading Bahri amirs such as Aqtai, Baybars and Balaban.’’
- ‘With the election of a new amir last April, the Jama'at-i Islami Hind, one of the principal Islamic organizations in India, seems poised to make some major policy changes in the near future.’
- ‘He covers the whole period, with a nice focus on the arts, architecture and like - not just amirs, kings and politics and such.’
- ‘The caliph became the symbol of the religio-political unity of Sunni Islam against the political claims of the Shii Buwayhid amirs.’
Late 16th century: from Persian and Urdu, from Arabic 'amīr ‘commander’, from 'amara ‘to command’; compare with emir.
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