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1. A provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire.
a. A ruler of the former kingdom of Tunis.
b. Used as the title for such a ruler.
3. Used formerly as a title for various Turkish and Egyptian dignitaries.
[Turkish; akin to Old Turkic beg, chieftain, lord, perhaps of Middle Iranian origin (akin to Old Persian baga-, god, and Sanskrit bhagaḥ, gracious dispenser of wealth, lord, good fortune; see Bhagavad-Gita), or from Middle Chinese pεjk, lord, father's elder brother (source of Mandarin bó; from Old Chinese prâk, elder, clan head).]
nAlso called: beg
1. (Historical Terms) (in the Ottoman Empire) a title given to senior officers, provincial governors, certain other officials or nobles, and (sometimes) Europeans
2. (Sociology) (in modern Turkey) a title of address, corresponding to Mr
[C16: Turkish: lord]
n., pl. beys.
1. a provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire.
2. (formerly) a title of respect for Turkish dignitaries.
3. (formerly) the title of the native ruler of Tunis or Tunisia.
[1590–1600; < Turkish, by-form of earlier beg subordinate chief, head of a clan]
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|Noun||1.||bey - (formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt; "he introduced me to Ahmet Bey"|
|2.||bey - the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire|
governor - the head of a state government