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dey

 (dā)
n.
1. Used formerly as the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
2. Used formerly as the title for rulers of the states of Tunis and Tripoli.

[French, from Turkish dayı, maternal uncle, protector, dey; akin to Old Turkic tağāy, maternal uncle.]

dey

(deɪ)
n
1. (Historical Terms) the title given to commanders or (from 1710) governors of the Janissaries of Algiers (1671–1830)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the title given to commanders or (from 1710) governors of the Janissaries of Algiers (1671–1830)
3. (Historical Terms) a title applied by Western writers to various other Ottoman governors, such as the bey of Tunis
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a title applied by Western writers to various other Ottoman governors, such as the bey of Tunis
[C17: from French, from Turkish dayi, literally: maternal uncle, hence title given to an older person]

dey

(deɪ)

n.
1. the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
2. a title sometimes used by the former rulers of Tunis and Tripoli.
[1650–60; < French < Turkish]
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No use goin' on; de dam willains will keep a scrougin' and slappin' each oder, Massa Stubb; dey don't hear one word; no use a-preachin' to such dam g'uttons as you call 'em, till dare bellies is full, and dare bellies is bottomless; and when dey do get em full, dey wont hear you den; for den dey sink in de sea, go fast to sleep on de coral, and can't hear not'ing at all, no more, for eber and eber.
For being at Tranque, years ago, when attached to the trading-ship Dey of Algiers, I was invited to spend part of the Arsacidean holidays with the lord of Tranque, at his retired palm villa at Pupella; a sea-side glen not very far distant from what our sailors called Bamboo-Town, his capital.
Und here is a lady dot knows her business--I could send you to people in dis block, und dey vould tell you--"
What does get into ladies sometimes, I don't know; but, sometimes, when a body has de heaviest kind o' 'sponsibility on 'em, as ye may say, and is all kinder `seris' and taken up, dey takes dat ar time to be hangin' round and kinder interferin'
Then she would gather it to her heart and pour out her love upon it in a frenzy of kisses, moaning, crying, and saying, "Dey sha'n't, oh, dey sha'nt'
15 Dey Street, New York, the merchant replied that the goods were ready, and so was the bill, which was seven dollars.
No, massa, dey aint bin noffin unpleasant since den - 'twas fore den I'm feared - 'twas de berry day you was dare.
man—” ver judgment—but it is in the catholique country dat dey build dc—vat you call—ah a ah-ha—la grande cathédrale—de big church.
When dey do not bite off your thumbs dey are always dying from nostalgia-homesick-for dey haf der imperfect soul, which is midway arrested in defelopment-und too much Ego.
I was goin' teh lick dat Riley kid and dey all pitched on me.
Dem itty wee pads are ze very tweetest handies in ze whole big world, isn't dey, you darling itty man.
Agreeable to these observations was, I remember, the complaint of the great Doctor Misaubin, who used very pathetically to lament the late applications which were made to his skill, saying, "Bygar, me believe my pation take me for de undertaker, for dey never send for me till de physicion have kill dem.