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aga

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[ah-guh]
noun (in Turkey and other Muslim countries)
  1. a title of honor, usually implying respect for age.
  2. a general.
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Origin of aga

First recorded in 1590–1600, aga is from the Turkish word ağa lord
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Examples from the Web for aga

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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

agha

noun (in the Ottoman Empire)
  1. a title of respect, often used with the title of a senior position
  2. a military commander
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Word Origin

C17: Turkish, literally: lord

Aga

noun
  1. trademark British a cooking range and heating system powered by solid fuel, electricity, or gas
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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."

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