Definition of pasha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpäSHə/


1 (also pacha) historical The title of a Turkish officer of high rank.
Example sentences
  • That he even has a library sets him apart from most high-tech pashas.
  • Another example would be the glitter of metal: the image adds a connotation of cruelty to the glory of a pasha, previously described with true oriental bombast, as the light of lights.
  • The pasha of Tripoli soon agreed, in exchange for a sixty-thousand-dollar payment, to release the American prisoners and to commit no further acts of piracy against American vessels.
2 (two-tailed pasha) A large orange-brown butterfly with two tails on each hind wing and complex patterns on the underwings, occurring around the Mediterranean and in Africa.
  • Charaxes jasius, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae.
Example sentences
  • The Two-Tailed Pasha is the largest European butterfly, with the fore-wing span of the female often measuring more than 4 inches.
  • The Two-tailed Pasha is one of Europe’s most spectacular butterflies.


Mid 17th century: from Turkish paşa, from Pahlavi pati 'lord' + šāh 'shah'.

Words that rhyme with pasha

Asher, clasher, flasher, lasher, masher, Natasha, rasher, Sasha, slasher, smasher, thrasher

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Syllabification: pa·sha

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