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or agha

[ah-guh] /ˈɑ gə/
noun, (in Turkey and other Muslim countries)
a title of honor, usually implying respect for age.
a general.
Origin of aga
First recorded in 1590-1600, aga is from the Turkish word ağa lord Unabridged
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  • He did not care for a monk, and not much for an agoumenos; but he felt small in the presence of a mighty Turkish aga.

  • Stay,” cried the aga, “I do not mean to rob you of your wine.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • The aga was astonished, but presently he understood and took the tulip.

  • His companion was an aga of the Janizaries, second only in rank to the chief aga.

  • Your indulgence, my aga,” replied the confectioner; “I will return in one minute.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for aga


noun (in the Ottoman Empire)
a title of respect, often used with the title of a senior position
a military commander
Word Origin
C17: Turkish, literally: lord


trademark (Brit) a cooking range and heating system powered by solid fuel, electricity, or gas
Word Origin
C20: from (Svenskaa) A(ktiebolaget) Ga(sackumulator), the original Swedish manufacturer
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Word Origin and History for aga

title of rank, especially in Turkey, c.1600, from Turkish agha "chief, master, lord," related to East Turk. agha "elder brother."

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