from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used formerly as a title for military and civil officers, especially in Turkey and northern Africa.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A high-ranking Turkish military officer, especially as a commander or regional governor; the highest honorary title during the Ottoman Empire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An honorary title given to officers of high rank in Turkey, as to governers of provinces, military commanders, etc. The earlier form was bashaw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A title of rank in Turkey, placed after the name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a civil or military authority in Turkey or Egypt
Turkish paşa, from Persian pādshāh; see Padishah.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)