a person who is important, imperious, or self-important.

Origin of bashaw

1525–35; < Arabic bāshā < Turkish pāshā pasha Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a rare spelling of pasha
an important or pompous person

Word Origin for bashaw

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

1530s, earlier Englishing of pasha.

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