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  • n. Alternative form of wali.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The governor-general of a vilayet, or government, one of the primary divisions of the Turkish Empire.

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

  • n. (Norse mythology) one of the Aesir and avenger of Balder; son of Odin


From Turkish vali, from Arabic والي (wāli). (Wiktionary)



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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