, Alguazil, Alguazir, Aguazil, Aguazil, Alvazil, Alvazir etc., from Arabic
al-wezīr, was originally used in Spain to denote a minister of state, the Prime Minister being called
ḥad̲j̲ib (chamberlain; e. g. al-Manṣūr,
ḥād̲j̲ib of the Umaiyads al-Ḥakam II and His̲h̲ām II). It was further applied to a governor of a city, and to the chief or even to the usher of a court, in which sense it is still in use in modern Spanish: see Dozy and Engelmann,
Glossaire des mots espagnols et portugais (2nd ed.) p. 129-130; Gayangos,
History i. XXVIII
et seq., 102, 397. (C. F. Seybold).