Bashaw



pasha.
a person who is important, imperious, or self-important.
Historical Examples

The intention was to force the bashaw to make a treaty which should insure safety for our ships.
Four American Naval Heroes Mabel Beebe

When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the bashaw was unappeasable.
The Naval History of the United States Willis J. Abbot.

I am going to write to Philip this minute, to tell him he has played three-tailed bashaw rather too long.
The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge

At the entrance he encountered the bashaw, who had discovered his loss.
Jack Harkaway’s Boy Tinker Among The Turks Bracebridge Hemyng

Yonder struts a great bashaw that will sometime be laid low!
The Story of Tonty Mary Hartwell Catherwood

The army of the bashaw was cut to pieces and he himself captured.
Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner

At length he concluded that he would teach the bashaw of Tripoli a lesson.
Stories of Our Naval Heroes Various

The visir is a counsellor; the bashaw a sort of chief, or lieutenant.
Early Travels in Palestine Arculf et al.

The Philadelphia lay within half gun-shot of the bashaw’s castle, and was guarded by several cruisers and gun-boats.
Great Events in the History of North and South America Charles A. Goodrich

At the extreme end of these rooms the bashaw stood waiting for us.
The Rulers of the Mediterranean Richard Harding Davis

noun
a rare spelling of pasha
an important or pompous person
n.

1530s, earlier Englishing of pasha.

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