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bey

 (bā)
n.
1. A provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire.
2.
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 ; from Old Chinese prâk, elder, clan head).]
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bey

(beɪ)
n
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
Also called: beg
[C16: Turkish: lord]
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bey

(beɪ)

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bey - (formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egyptbey - (formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt; "he introduced me to Ahmet Bey"
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
2.bey - the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empirebey - the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
governor - the head of a state government
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"It seems the fellow had been caught wandering nearer to the harem of the Bey of Tunis than etiquette permits to one of his color, and he was condemned by the bey to have his tongue cut out, and his hand and head cut off; the tongue the first day, the hand the second, and the head the third.
[13] See the interview of the special correspondent of the MATIN, with Mohammed-Ali Bey, on the day after the entry of the Salonika troops into Constantinople.
of Georgia or of Massachusetts, all transient and fleeting phenomena, till I am ready to leap from their court-yard like the Mameluke bey. I delight to come to my bearings -- not walk in procession with pomp and parade, in a conspicuous place, but to walk even with the Builder of the universe, if I may -- not to live in this restless, nervous, bustling, trivial Nineteenth Century, but stand or sit thoughtfully while it goes by.
Papoosh Pasha, the Turkish Ambassador (attended by Kibob Bey, dragoman of the mission), the Marquess of Steyne, Earl of Southdown, Sir Pitt and Lady Jane Crawley, Mr.
Lacking the coercive infrastructure of the modern state, local rulers like the Ottoman beys of Tunis focused instead on creating urban institutions, fiscal rules, and security designed to facilitate the sale and transport of African goods (slaves, ostrich feathers, and gold) to European and Ottoman destinations.
As Peele recounts, "a gutsy reporter named Chris Thompson of the weekly East Bay Express had written several long exposes about the Beys [the family that dominated the Black Muslims].
We didn't want people to know we had all this personal information on the Beys. The server gave us a safe place to work," says Mary Fricker, a retired business writer for the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa and a project mainstay.
It is ruled by an elite class of "beys"--the "Lords" of the book's title--who lived most of the time in Tripoli and Beirut, assisted by a subordinate group of "aghas," who impose the beys' authority on the "fellahin" or landless villagers.
Constantine a vu son developpement economique, urbain et artisanal prendre de l'essor grace a la gouvernance des cinq beys qui se sont succede, a savoir Hassen Bey Bou Kemia (1713-1736), Hassan Bou Hnek (1736-1754) et Hassan Bey Azreg Ainou (1754-1756).
[beaucoup moins que] Salah Bey [beaucoup plus grand que], une piece de theatre ecrite par Said Boulmarka et mise en scene par Mohamed Taieb Dehimi qui a fait une relecture et a revisite ce personnage qui a fascine la memoire locale de la ville, a [beaucoup moins que] rouvert [beaucoup plus grand que], jeudi dernier, officiellement, le theatre regional de Constantine (TRC).
Moors also prefer the Anglicized spelling of Muslim, proclaiming that they foster the Moslem religion, and refer to their formulation of Islam as Islamism, "a distinct doctrine divinely prepared by Prophet Noble Drew Ali for our earthly and divine salvation." [17] Their New Year is celebrated annually on January 15, seven days after the birth day of Ali; they hyphenate their surnames with "Bey" or "El." The name change is liberating in at least two ways -- communally as an illustration of a new nationality that enables followers to cope with cultural and political oppression, and individually as the recognition of one's humanity the dominant culture had denied.