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aga

or agha

[ah-guh] /ˈɑ gə/
noun, (in Turkey and other Muslim countries)
1.
a title of honor, usually implying respect for age.
2.
a general.
Origin of aga
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600, aga is from the Turkish word ağa lord
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  • Now, Hamet was the aga or commander-in-chief of the cavalry.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • Taste it then,” replied the aga, “and then taste the first which you recommended to me.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • It was a party of janissaries despatched by the aga, to bring us to him immediately.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • Stay,” cried the aga, “I do not mean to rob you of your wine.

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
  • 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

aga

/ˈɑːɡə/
noun (in the Ottoman Empire)
1.
a title of respect, often used with the title of a senior position
2.
a military commander
Word Origin
C17: Turkish, literally: lord

Aga

/ˈɑːɡə/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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