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- n. A former administrative division or province of the Ottoman Empire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Formerly, one of the administrative divisions or provinces of the Ottoman Empire; -- now called a vilayet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, one of the largest administrative divisions of the Turkish empire; a pashalic. Vilayet is the name now given to an analogous division.
From Turkish ایالت (eyâlet), from Arabic إيالة (īyāla), (Wiktionary)