plural -s
: 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

Word History


Turkish vilâyet, from Arabic wilāyat, from walīy governor

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“Vilayet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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