American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Used formerly as a title for military and civil officers, especially in Turkey and northern Africa.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A title of rank in Turkey, placed after the name. Formerly, an honorary title of a prince of the blood.
- n. historical A high-ranking Turkish military officer, especially as a commander or regional governor; the highest honorary title during the Ottoman Empire.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An honorary title given to officers of high rank in Turkey, as to governers of provinces, military commanders, etc. The earlier form was
- n. a civil or military authority in Turkey or Egypt
- From Ottoman Turkish پاشا (pāšā) (Turkish paşa); this either from Persian پادشاه (pādšāh, "padishah, king"), or from Turkish baş ("head"), or from Turkish beşe ("boy, prince"), this in turn from Persian بچّه (bačče). (Wiktionary)
- Turkish paşa, from Persian pādshāh; see Padishah. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The pasha was a small, spare, dark little man, with his black beard clipped as close as scissors could do it.”
“The pasha was a brave and energetic man of iron will, a great soldier and an expert architect.”
“As the affair went on with much detail of correspondence between the konak and the consulate for some weeks, it had attracted the general attention of our little public, and the final defeat of the pasha was a mortification to him which he made every effort to conceal.”
“It turns out that the pasha is a beautiful woman, the slave of his mysterious lady-love, and she promises him speedy fulfilment of his wishes.”
“As Mr. Connelly observes, the dispensers of population-control grants often enjoyed a kind of pasha existence.”
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“They imagine themselves as a Turkish pasha, a Saudi Prince or the Amir of Buchara, with dozens of nubile beauties vying for their favors, watching from the balcony the naked wifes bathing in the pool and dropping the handkerchief near the one chosen for the night.”
“Determined to place a friend on the Libyan throne, Eaton led a former Libyan pasha—Hamet, who had been deposed and exiled by his younger brother Karamanli—plus nine Marines and 400 mercenaries on a sun-baked, two-month march of 500 miles from Egypt to Darnah, then Libya's second-largest city.”
“He can't have his dictatorship of the proletariat while his daughters and wife live as pasha divas.”
“We would come home to find her reclining like a pasha, surrounded by relatives from Bint Jbeil, headscarved old hajjis and tiny old men who sat stiffly in straight-backed chairs pulled up around her as she regaled them with tales of The Operation.”
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