a Turkish title of respect and former title of rank
Origin of beyTurkish bey, beg
- 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 of beyTurkish, from Old Turkic beg, chieftain, lord, perhaps of Middle Iranian origin (akin to Old Persian baga-, god, and Sanskrit bhaga&hlowdot;, gracious dispenser of wealth, lord, good fortune; see Bhagavad-Gita), or from Middle Chinese p&egr;jk, lord, father's elder brother (source of Mandarin bó; from Old Chinese prâk, elder, clan head).
- A governor of a province or district in the Turkish dominions; also, in some places, a prince or nobleman; a beg.
- bye, 'bye
From Turkish bey (“gentleman, chief”), from Old Turkic bég (“head of a clan, subordinate chief”).