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bashaw

[buh-shaw]
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noun
  1. pasha.
  2. a person who is important, imperious, or self-important.
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Origin of bashaw

1525–35; < Arabic bāshā < Turkish pāshā pasha
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Historical Examples

  • When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the Bashaw was unappeasable.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • 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.

    Captain John Smith

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • The Bashaw of Buda was soon to feel the effect of this re-enforcement.

    Captain John Smith

    Charles Dudley Warner


British Dictionary definitions for bashaw

bashaw

noun
  1. a rare spelling of pasha
  2. an important or pompous person
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Word Origin

C16: from Turkish başa, from bas head, chief
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Word Origin and History for bashaw

n.

1530s, earlier Englishing of pasha.

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