One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire.
- ‘The various beys and pashas who ruled these states paid substantial sums annually to the Sultan.’
- ‘Tunisia was ruled by the Husseini dynasty of beys from 1705 to 1957.’
- ‘The bey then called for French support, and three French columns, totalling some 35,000 men, were deployed.’
- ‘Tunisia was declared a Protectorate and, by the middle of 1882, the entire region had been brought under French military authority with a French Resident installed alongside the traditional ruler, the bey.’
- ‘For the next 1,300 years, a succession of Arab, Mameluke, and Ottoman caliphs, beys, and sultans ruled the country.’
- 1.1 Formerly used in Turkey and Egypt as a courtesy title.
- ‘The wife of Hâfiz Bey, my friend, lies near to death!’
- ‘If he was awake and saw me he would spring up, bow low and kiss my hand, enquiring politely after Bulent Bey Efendi and myself.’
Turkish, modern form of beg ‘prince, governor’.
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