Visor vs vizier

Visor and vizier are two words that are close in pronunciation and spelling, and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of visor and vizier, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

A visor is a small screen that protects the eyes. A visor may be part of a hat, helmet or mask, or it may be attached to something like a window or a car. The word visor is derived from the Old French visiere which in turn was derived from the Latin word visus which means a vision or a look.

A vizier is a high-ranking official or advisor in Muslim countries, as well as a title that was used during the Ottoman Empire. The word vizier was derived from the Arabic word wazir which means viceroy or the caliph’s chief advisor.


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing recently introduced the communication visor card, a tool to help drivers who are deaf and hard of hearing communicate with law enforcement. (The Waushara Argus)

And the 43-year-old took his sartorial senses to new heights this Sunday when he stepped out in Sydney wearing a pair of sassy avocado-print shorts and a visor hat emblazoned with the Australian Flag. (The Daily Mail)

The thermal water in the bath, built by the vizier of the Ottoman Sultan Fatih Sultan Mehmet, Zağnos Mehmet Paşa, in the 15th century, has been drawing many people for its physically and meditatively healing waters. (The Hurriyet Daily News)

Is it too much to say that beneath all the glory, the beautiful garments and the high office he holds, this grand vizier feels himself still a foreigner in a land of affliction? (The Jerusalem Post)

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