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agha

[ah-guh] /ˈɑ gə/
noun
1.
aga.
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aga

/ˈɑːɡə/
noun (in the Ottoman Empire)
1.
a title of respect, often used with the title of a senior position
2.
a military commander
Word Origin
C17: Turkish, literally: lord

agha

/ˈɑːɡə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of aga
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Encyclopedia Article for agha

aga

in Turkey, person of high rank or social position, especially during the era of the Ottoman Empire. Combined with the names of military units or administrative departments, it formed the official titles borne by the chief officers of the Janissaries and of the cavalry, by the principal members of the imperial household, and by the eunuchs who controlled the sultan's harem. Later it was applied to officers of lower rank and, socially, as a term of respect, to heads of families and villages and to landowners. In republican Turkey the official title disappeared, the social use of the word surviving only among the lower classes.

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