Definition of mutasarrif in US English:

mutasarrif

noun

historical
  • In the former Ottoman Empire and certain successor states: a governor of a sanjak or province.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. From Ottoman Turkish, Turkish mutasarrıf governor of a sanjak from Arabic mutaṣarrif provincial governor, active participle of taṣarrafa to act without restriction, have the right of disposal (over).