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a Turkish title of respect and former title of rank
Origin: Turk bey, beg
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire.
- a. A ruler of the former kingdom of Tunis.b. Used as the title for such a ruler.
- Used formerly as a title for various Turkish and Egyptian dignitaries.
Origin: Turkish, from Old Turkic beg, ruler, prince.