pa·​sha | \ˈpä-shə, ˈpa-;pə-ˈshä, -ˈshȯ \
variants: or less commonly \ bə-​ˈshȯ \

Definition of pasha 

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

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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,, "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) ( Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Tips & Tactics: Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015 This grand ex-pasha's mansion is now a minimal-chic bolthole with a commanding position in the continent-straddling capital of Turkey. Lucy Fennings, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith's Summer Stays: Rooms With a View," 5 May 2011

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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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