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 akin to Old Turkic beg chieftain, lord perhaps of Middle Iranian origin ( akin to Old Persian baga- god ) ( and Sanskrit bhagah gracious dispenser of wealth, lord, good fortune ; see Bhagavad-Gita . ) or from Middle Chinese pεjk 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”).