pasha

noun
pa·​sha | \ ˈpä-shə How to pronounce pasha (audio) , ˈpa-; pə-ˈshä, -ˈshȯ How to pronounce pasha (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ bə-​ˈshȯ How to pronounce bashaw (audio) \

Definition of pasha

: a man of high rank or office (as in Turkey or northern Africa)

Examples of pasha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once a pasha's palace, the property was later inhabited by Horatio and Anna Spafford, Chicagoans who arrived in 1881 and used the building to house religious pilgrims. Janine Di Giovanni, Travel + Leisure, "A Former War Reporter Discovers a New Side to Jerusalem 17 Years Later," 21 May 2020 More impressive than its size is the mood, exactingly calibrated, as if controlled by the central switchboard, which is quite a contrast to the beloved bohemian style of El Fenn or the pasha's opulence of La Mamounia. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Oberoi Marrakech: First In," 25 Mar. 2020 The tents are done in a traditional style, with patchwork quilts and antique furniture; the camp has a separate, heated washroom, an outdoor cedar hot tub, and loungers for stargazing like a pasha. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "3 New Tented Camps That Amp Up Glamping," 11 Feb. 2020 The intimate, seven-room Riad Star channels the spirit of the Jazz Age: Josephine Baker lived here for two years in the 1940s at the invitation of Thami El Glaoui, the pasha of Marrakech (hmm) (riadstar.com). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Tips & Tactics: Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 Built in 1868, the villa has been home to aristocrats from Napoleon III’s widow, Eugenie, to an Egyptian pasha, and the remarkable staff sustain this noble aura with warmth and professionalism. Condé Nast Traveler, "Villa Cora," 20 Oct. 2017 Plenty of people worry this generation is a bunch of boring snowflakes, doughy pashas who’ll never know how to make pillows look like a sleeping body and slip out the window. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Are wild teens a thing of the past? ‘I can’t imagine them doing what we did.’," 21 Sep. 2017 By 1960, Lewis was a millionaire many times over and lived like a pasha. Carrie Rickey, Philly.com, "Jerry Lewis, America's funnyman, dies at 91," 20 Aug. 2017 The intimate, seven-room Riad Star channels the spirit of the Jazz Age: Josephine Baker lived here for two years in the 1940s at the invitation of Thami El Glaoui, the pasha of Marrakech (hmm) (riadstar.com). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Tips & Tactics: Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of pasha

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pasha

Turkish paşa

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“Pasha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pasha. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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