bey

noun
\ˈbā \

Definition of bey 

1a : a provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire

b : the former native ruler of Tunis or Tunisia

2 used as a courtesy title in Turkey and Egypt

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Gal Gadot Just Thanked Beyoncé for Helping Her Land Her Role in 'Wonder Woman' Praise Bey. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Gal Gadot Just Thanked Beyoncé for Helping Her Land Her Role in 'Wonder Woman'," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of bey

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bey

Turkish, gentleman, chief

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