Historical in the Ottoman Empire,
- a title of rank or honor placed after the name
- a high civil or military official
Origin of pashaTurkish pa?a
Used formerly as a title for military and civil officers, especially in Turkey and northern Africa.
Origin of pashaOttoman 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 ) (Spanish infante ; see infante . ) or from alteration of Persian pādshāh ; see Padishah .