Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Used as a title for a civil or military leader, especially in Turkey.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of agha.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Turkey, a commander or chief officer. It is used also as a title of respect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title formerly given to great chiefs in Turkey, and especially to the commander-in-chief of the janizaries.
  • n. A title of respect given to village magnates and petty gentlemen in Turkey.
  • n. Also spelled agha.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey)

Etymologies

Turkish ağa, from Old Turkic aqa, older brother.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I drew some of my best -- "This, honourable sir," said I, presenting the glass, "is what I call my aga wine: the late aga was so fond of it, he used to order a whole cask at once to his house, and had it taken there in a litter."

    The Pacha of Many Tales

  • Or she is said of aga, that is to say speaking, and of thau, that is perfection, that is that she was speaking and accomplishing much perfectly, and that appeareth well in her answers.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • Or she is said of aga, that is solemn, and of thau, that is perfection, for the perfection was right solemn, like as it appeareth by the angels that buried her.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • My man sent me various things by Chambers, but the aga was my receiver, thinking them too good for me.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 08

  • He is also demanding that children address him as 'aga' instead of 'gospodin' (Mister), had prohibited girls from attending the last prom in civil attire and issued a ban on celebrations.

    Spectator Live

  • He heart was warmed by Pa'aga's caring concern for his well-being, and his own icy scheming melted away.

    Citizen of the Month

  • “I'm in tune with the primal juices of creation, and a series of past lives that date back to twelve millions B.C. in Sumeria when I was first named Daikon Gurubagga… aga…oh cripes these stupid names gagaha… hagani, you know.”

    First Contact

  • If you think that Canadian-born Chryslers are the only means of conveyance utilized by current presidential aspirant Mitt Romney, well then, think aga...

    Here's A Photo Of Mitt Romney Riding A Horse, Okay?

  • Didn't find a thing but who cares, 80 degrees in Mo. in March, I'll go aga | Field & Stream

    Went shed hunting today for the first time this year. Didn't find a thing but who cares, 80 degrees in Mo.

  • Separately, the Supreme Court said it will consider whether investors can proceed with a securities-fraud lawsuit aga inst Halliburton Co.

    Court Takes Up Drug-Data Case

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  • "...first Allen and then Graham explained that in the outlying provinces of the Turkish empire the valis, pashas, agas and beys, though in principle subject to the Sultan, often behaved like independent rulers, increasing their territories by usurpation or by making open war upon one another..."
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    February 14, 2008