[ dey ]
/ deɪ /


the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
a title sometimes used by the former rulers of Tunis and Tripoli.

Origin of dey

1650–60; < French < Turkish dayι orig., maternal uncle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dey

/ (deɪ) /


the title given to commanders or (from 1710) governors of the Janissaries of Algiers (1671–1830)
a title applied by Western writers to various other Ottoman governors, such as the bey of Tunis

Word Origin for dey

C17: from French, from Turkish dayi, literally: maternal uncle, hence title given to an older person
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