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[pah-shuh, pash-uh, puh-shah, -shaw] /ˈpɑ ʃə, ˈpæʃ ə, pəˈʃɑ, -ˈʃɔ/
a title, placed after the name, formerly held by high officials in countries under Turkish rule.
Also, pacha.
Origin of pasha
1640-50; < Turkish paşa; see bashaw
Related forms
pashadom, noun Unabridged
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  • Their joy is such as that of the pasha of a seraglio; they revel with ideas, they get drunk at the founts of intellect.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • But, Floyd, you look like a Turkish pasha or an Arabian emir.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The daughter of a poor goatherd, whom I picked up from the mire, is now the premier pipe-filler of the pasha of Salonica.

  • For the prince, the pasha, the courtier, existence was truly an Oriental paradise.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Dirham kissed the hem of the pasha's garment and promised that he would carefully perform everything.

British Dictionary definitions for pasha


/ˈpɑːʃə; ˈpæʃə/
(formerly) a provincial governor or other high official of the Ottoman Empire or the modern Egyptian kingdom: placed after a name when used as a title
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish paşa
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Word Origin and History for pasha

Turkish honorary title formerly given to officers of high rank, 1640s, from Turkish pasha, earlier basha, from bash "head, chief" (no clear distinction between -b- and -p- in Turkish), from Old Persian pati- "master," from PIE *poti- (see potent) + root of shah. Earlier in English as bashaw (1530s).

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