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pa·sha / ˈpäshə; ˈpashə; pəˈshä/ • n. (also pacha) hist. the title of a Turkish officer of high rank.

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pasha former title for a Turkish officer of high rank. There were three grades of pashas, distinguished by the number of horsetails they wore: three tails indicated a rank corresponding to commanding general; two, a rank corresponding to general of division; one, a rank corresponding to general of brigade; from this come the expressions pasha of three tails and pasha of two tails.

Recorded from the 17th century, the word comes from Turkish paşa.

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pasha, pacha Ottoman title of officers of high rank. XVII. — Turk. paşa, perh. identical with başa, f. baş head, chief.

Pasha

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Pasha. Turkish military and civil title denoting someone of high rank. The title persists in some Arab countries for more local authorities.