: a ruling official of the Ottoman Empire in northern Africa

Examples of dey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miss Lucy’s teeth is grinning Just like an ear ob corn, And her eyes dey look so winning! Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History


French, from Turkish dayı, literally, maternal uncle

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dey was in 1659

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“Dey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dey. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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