One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A foreigner; (originally) especially an English, British, or European person.
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a foreign land; especially of English, British, or European origin.
Mid 19th century. From (i) Urdu vilāyatī (also regional bilāyatī) and its etymon (ii) Persian vilāyatī foreign, especially British or European from vilāyat inhabited country, dominion, district + -ī, suffix forming adjectives expressing belonging.
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