Definition of wali in English:

wali

Pronunciation /ˈwälē/ /ˈwɑli/

noun

  • The governor of a province in an Arab country.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The governor, or wali, is appointed by the national government, and serves as the primary liaison between local and federal government.’

Origin

From Arabic (al-)wālī.