Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A provincial governor in the Ottoman Empire.
  • noun A ruler of the former kingdom of Tunis.
  • noun Used as the title for such a ruler.
  • noun Used formerly as a title for various Turkish and Egyptian dignitaries.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The governor of a minor province or sanjak of the Turkish empire.
  • noun A title of respect given in Turkey to members of princely families, sons of pashas, military officers above the rank of major, the wealthy gentry, and, by courtesy, to eminent foreigners.
  • noun The title usually given by foreigners to the former Mohammedan rulers of Tunis. Frequently written beg.
  • A Middle English form of buy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A governor of a province or district in the Turkish dominions; also, in some places, a prince or nobleman; a beg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A governor of a province or district in the Turkish dominions; also, in some places, a prince or nobleman; a beg.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
  • noun (formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Turkish, from Old Turkic beg, ruler, prince.]

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From Turkish bey (“gentleman, chief”), from Old Turkic bég (“head of a clan, subordinate chief”)

Examples

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  • "...first Allen and then Graham explained that in the outlying provinces of the Turkish empire the valis, pashas, agas and beys, though in principle subject to the Sultan, often behaved like independent rulers, increasing their territories by usurpation or by making open war upon one another..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 260-261

    February 14, 2008