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- n. Variant of aga.
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- n. An honorific for high officials used in Turkey and certain Muslim countries.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See aga.
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- n. title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey)
Called "agha mama," or "father uncle," by his guards, Karzai now lives in a relatively modest house with a marble facade on a barricaded street manned by police in downtown Kandahar City.
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The Janissaries, who held effective power in Algiers from the late 16th century, revolted against the Ottoman governor in 1659 and appointed their agha, or commanding officer, as the governing authority.
The aghas ruled with the aid of the Janissary council (divan) until 1671, when the corsair captains replaced the rule of the agha with that of a dey elected by them, and from 1689, by the Janissaries.
The young man answers in monosyllables and with his large eyes downcast, and the agha significantly observes, "You will excuse him if he does not answer: he is not used to talk before his father."
After a ride made enervating by the simoom, we descend at the arcaded and galleried Moorish house where Ben-Ali-Cherif was born, and are visited by the sheikh of the college which the agha maintains.
A luncheon, has, however, been prepared by the thoughtfulness of the agha.
The patrician bird, taken by the agha from the shoulder of his hawk-bearer, is about as large as a pigeon, the head small, beak short and strong, the claws yellow and armed with sharp talons.