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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Dey  \Dey\,  n.;  pl  {Deys}.  [Turk.  d[=a]i,  orig.,  a  maternal 
  uncle,  then  a  friendly  title  formerly  given  to  middle-aged  or 
  old  people,  especially  among  the  Janizaries;  and  hence  in 
  Algiers,  consecrated  at  length  to  the  commanding  officer  of 
  that  corps,  who  frequently  became  afterward  pasha  or  regent 
  of  that  province;  hence  the  European  misnomer  of  dey,  as 
  applied  to  the  latter:  cf  F.  dey.] 
  The  governor  of  Algiers;  --  so  called  before  the  French 
  conquest  in  1830.