1. Used formerly as the title of the governor of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830.
2. Used formerly as the title for rulers of the states of Tunis and Tripoli.
[French, from Turkish dayı, maternal uncle, protector, dey; akin to Old Turkic taǧāy, maternal uncle.]
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