What does the word emir mean?

Usage examples for emir

  1. Now, the damsel was betrothed to the son of a neighbouring Emir, a youth comely, well- fashioned, skilled with the bow, apt in all exercises; one that sat his mare firm as the trained falcon that fixeth on the plunging bull of the plains; fair and terrible in combat as the lightning that strideth the rolling storm; and it is sung by the poet: When on his desert mare I see My prince of men, I think him then As high above humanity As he shines radiant over me. – The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete by George Meredith
  2. He said that a man whom they all knew well had brought news to the effect that Emir Feisul was ready to make war on the French in order to drive them out of Syria. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  3. The ruler of the caliphate of Damascus died in the year 897, and soon after Ahmed marched into Syria, and, with the exception of Antioch, which had to be taken by force, the whole country fell into the hands of the mighty emir. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport