pa·sha also pa·cha (päshə, păshə, 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.]
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