[ pah-shuh, pash-uh, puh-shah, -shaw ]
/ ˈpɑ ʃə, ˈpæʃ ə, pəˈʃɑ, -ˈʃɔ /


a title, placed after the name, formerly held by high officials in countries under Turkish rule.
Also pacha.

Origin of pasha

1640–50; < Turkish paşa; see bashaw
Related formspa·sha·dom, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pasha



/ (ˈpɑːʃə, ˈpæʃə) /


(formerly) a provincial governor or other high official of the Ottoman Empire or the modern Egyptian kingdom: placed after a name when used as a title

Word Origin for pasha

C17: from Turkish paşa
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Word Origin and History for pasha


Turkish honorary title formerly given to officers of high rank, 1640s, from Turkish pasha, earlier basha, from bash "head, chief" (no clear distinction between -b- and -p- in Turkish), from Old Persian pati- "master," from PIE *poti- (see potent) + root of shah. Earlier in English as bashaw (1530s).

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