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pa·shaalso pa·cha (pä′shə, păsh′ə, pə-shä′)
Used formerly as a title for military and civil officers, especially in Turkey and northern Africa.
[Ottoman Turkish paşa (a title originally bestowed on a son of Osman I who did not succeed his father as sultan and on this son's descendants), perhaps ultimately from Middle Persian waččag, child (of unknown origin; for the semantic development of the Ottoman title, compare English childe and Spanish infante; see infante), or from alteration of Persian pādshāh; see Padishah.]
pasha(ˈpɑːʃə; ˈpæʃə) or
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a provincial governor or other high official of the Ottoman Empire or the modern Egyptian kingdom: placed after a name when used as a title
[C17: from Turkish paşa]
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]