Meaning of Nizam in English:


Pronunciation /nɪˈzɑːm/


  • 1The title of the hereditary ruler of Hyderabad.

    ‘The delighted Mughal emperor made him the Nawab of the Carnatic under the suzerainty of the Nizam of Hyderabad and thus were sown the beginnings of the House of Arcot.’
    • ‘The daughter of the last Ottoman Sultan married into the family of the last Nizam of Hyderabad.’
    • ‘He is bedecked with the crown styled in the Mughal form presented by the former Nizams of Hyderabad as a token of reverence.’
    • ‘He cited several instances to show how the Nizam was a progressive ruler.’
    • ‘Now, in August 1947, the Nizam expressed a desire for Hyderabad to be an independent country, acceding to neither India nor Pakistan.’
  • 2the nizamThe Turkish regular army.


Nizam (sense 1) from Urdu nizām-al-mulk ‘administrator of the realm’, Nizam (sense 2) from Turkish nizām askeri ‘regular soldier’; based on Arabic niẓām ‘order, arrangement’.