bey

noun
\ ˈbā How to pronounce bey (audio) \

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

Examples of bey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zog is for his grandfather, an Ottoman bey, or chieftain, who became prime minister of Albania in 1922 and upgraded himself to president three years later, then to king in 1928. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022

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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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Last Updated

26 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Bey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bey. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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