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vilayet Syllabification: vi·la·yet
Pronunciation: /ˌvēləˈyet/

Definition of vilayet in English:


(In Turkey, and formerly in the Ottoman Empire) a major administrative district or province with its own governor.
Example sentences
  • Mesopotamia, as the three vilayets or provinces of Basra, Baghdad and the predominantly Kurdish Mosul that make up modern day Iraq were then known, had been the easternmost part of the Ottoman Empire for several centuries.


Turkish, from Arabic wilāya(t) 'government, administrative district'.

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