• (British) IPA: /beɪ/
  • (Australia) IPA: /bæɪ/
  • (America) IPA: /beɪ/

bey (plural beys)

  1. (historical) A governor of a province or district in the Turkish dominions
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 512:
      She was chaperoned by the widow of a Bey whose son had been at Oxford with him, and this gave him the excuse to exchange a few words with her, and then to be presented to the Princess.
    • 2005, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pashazade, p. 15:
      Whether his position with the Third Circle made the difference or the fact that he ranked as a bey, life in El Iskandryia was proving easier than he'd ever dreamed possible when he stepped off the plane.
  2. in various other places, a prince or nobleman
  • French: bey
  • German: Bey, Bei, Beg
  • Portuguese: bei
  • Russian: бей
  • Spanish: bey

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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