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[Arabic bāšā, from Turkish paşa; see pasha.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a rare spelling of pasha
2. an important or pompous person
[C16: from Turkish başa, from bas head, chief]
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pa•sha(ˈpɑ ʃə, ˈpæʃ ə, pəˈʃɑ, -ˈʃɔ)
n., pl. -shas.
a former title placed after the name of high officials in countries under Turkish rule.
[1640–50; < Turkish paşa]
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