• synonyms


  1. a province or main administrative division of Turkey.
Show More
Also eyalet.

Origin of vilayet

1865–70; < Turkish < Arabic wilāyah
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vilayet

Historical Examples

  • My father, as you know, was missionary in the Vilayet of Trebizond many years ago.

    The Dark Star

    Robert W. Chambers

  • At one time the famous Midhat Pasha was the governor of this vilayet.

    Under the Red Crescent

    Charles S. Ryan

  • Creatures of night and the silence, the gray apes of Vilayet were voiceless.

    The Hour of the Dragon

    Robert E. Howard

  • But there is no horse west of Vilayet that can distance Irem for long.'

    Shadows in the Moonlight

    Robert E. Howard

  • There are nearly 3,000 villages in the Vilayet but no large cities.

British Dictionary definitions for vilayet


  1. a major administrative division of Turkey
Show More

Word Origin

C19: from Turkish, from Arabic wilāyat, from walīy governor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012