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[bey] /beɪ/
noun, plural 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.
Turkish beg.
Origin of bey
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Turkish, by-form of earlier beg, Old Turkic beg subordinate chief, head of a clan, perhaps < a MChin word akin to Chinese bǎi hundred (Guangdong dial. baak)
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British Dictionary definitions for bey

bey

/beɪ/
noun
1.
(in the Ottoman Empire) a title given to senior officers, provincial governors, certain other officials or nobles, and (sometimes) Europeans
2.
(in modern Turkey) a title of address, corresponding to Mr
Also called beg
Word Origin
C16: Turkish: lord
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Word Origin and History for bey
n.

"governor of a Turkish district," 1590s, from Turkish bey, a title of honor, the Osmanli equivalent of Turkish beg.

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