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[ah-guh] /ˈɑ gə/
noun, (in Turkey and other Muslim countries)
a title of honor, usually implying respect for age.
a general.
Also, agha.
1590-1600; < Turkish ağa lord Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for aga


noun (in the Ottoman Empire)
a title of respect, often used with the title of a senior position
a military commander
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C17: Turkish, literally: lord


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C20: from (Svenskaa) A(ktiebolaget) Ga(sackumulator), the original Swedish manufacturer
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Word Origin and History for aga

title of rank, especially in Turkey, c.1600, from Turkish agha "chief, master, lord," related to East Turk. agha "elder brother."

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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