- a person who is important, imperious, or self-important.
Origin of bashaw
1525–35; < Arabic bāshā < Turkish pāshā pasha
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Examples from the Web for bashaw
When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the Bashaw was unappeasable.The Naval History of the United States
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At the entrance he encountered the bashaw, who had discovered his loss.
"Well, let us hear what account you have to give," said the bashaw to the defendant.
The army of the Bashaw was cut to pieces and he himself captured.
The Bashaw of Buda was soon to feel the effect of this re-enforcement.
- a rare spelling of pasha
- an important or pompous person
C16: from Turkish başa, from bas head, chief
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Word Origin and History for bashaw
1530s, earlier Englishing of pasha.
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