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[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.
/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

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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