• synonyms


  1. pasha.
  2. a person who is important, imperious, or self-important.
Show More

Origin of bashaw

1525–35; < Arabic bāshā < Turkish pāshā pasha
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bashaw

Historical Examples of bashaw

  • 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


  1. a rare spelling of pasha
  2. an important or pompous person
Show More

Word Origin for bashaw

C16: from Turkish başa, from bas head, chief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bashaw


1530s, earlier Englishing of pasha.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper