Definition of vilayet
: one of the chief administrative divisions of Turkey having as head a vali who represents the government and is assisted by an elective council and being subdivided into cazas
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Origin and Etymology of vilayet
Turkish vilâyet, from Arabic wilāyat, from walīy governor
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