or a·gha


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aga

Contemporary Examples of aga

Historical Examples of aga

  • Now, Hamet was the Aga or commander-in-chief of the cavalry.

    The Pirate City

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It was a party of janissaries despatched by the aga, to bring us to him immediately.

    The Pacha of Many Tales

    Frederick Marryat

  • Taste it then,” replied the aga, “and then taste the first which you recommended to me.

    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



noun (in the Ottoman Empire)

a title of respect, often used with the title of a senior position
a military commander

Word Origin for aga

C17: Turkish, literally: lord



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Word Origin for Aga

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper