Definition of Vilayat in US English:

Vilayat

noun

South Asian
  • A foreign land; especially (a name for) England, Britain, or Europe.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Mary Sherwood (1775–1851), children's writer and educationist. From (i) Urdu vilāyat (also regional bilāyat) and its etymon (ii) Persian vilāyat inhabited country, dominion, district (in India used specifically with reference to Europe or Britain) from Arabic wilāyat-, wilāya province, specific semantic development of wilāya sovereignty, rule from the same Arabic base as walī.

Pronunciation

Vilayat

/vɪˈlɑːjət/