dey definition by Webster's New World
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- the former title of the governor of Algiers
- a pasha in the former Barbary States of Tunis or Tripoli
Origin: French dey ; from Turkish dāi, maternal uncle: origin, originally , friendly title given to an older person
dey definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Used formerly as the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
- Used formerly as the title for rulers of the states of Tunis and Tripoli.
Origin: French, from Turkish dayı, maternal uncle.