pa·​sha ˈpä-shə How to pronounce pasha (audio)
-ˈshȯ How to pronounce pasha (audio)
variants or less commonly
: a man of high rank or office (as in Turkey or northern Africa)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sultan Mahmud II ordered the pasha of Egypt, Mehmed Ali, who had been born far north in what is now Greece, to retake the Peloponnese. David Mason, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Arab lawmakers presented evidence that the Jerusalem pasha and local military commander had been bribed by Parker. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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) ( Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 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, 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, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History


Turkish paşa

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pasha was in 1648

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“Pasha.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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pa·​sha ˈpäsh-ə How to pronounce pasha (audio) ˈpash-ə How to pronounce pasha (audio)
: an official (as in Turkey or northern Africa) of high rank

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