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wali

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɑːliː
 
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Definition of wali in English:

noun

The governor of a province in an Arab country.
Example sentences
  • In a document obtained by Human Rights Watch, the state governor or wali of South Darfur orders commissioners ‘to recruit 300 horsemen for Khartoum’.
  • It was not uncommon for the Ottoman governor (or wali as he was called) of Baghdad to clash with insurgent tribes.
  • I've been the guest of chancellors, viziers, cæsars, walis and prime ministers.

Origin

from Arabic (al-)wālī.

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