Variant of pasha.
bashaw (plural bashaws)
- (now rare, historical) A pasha. [16th-19th c.]
1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.2.4:
- Radzivilius was much taken with the bassa’s palace in Cairo […].
- 1630, John Smith, True Travels, in Kupperman 1988, p. 44:
- The Bashaw notwithstanding drew together a partie of five hundred before his owne Pallace, where he intended to die […].
- 1809, James Grey Jackson, An Account of the Empire of Marocco, London 1809, p. 79:
- he fancies himself in company with beautiful women; he dreams that he is an emperor, or a bashaw, and that the world is at his nod.
- 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 7:
- Insecure about his infirmity, the Bashaw decreed that all who desired to come into his presence must first submit to having their eyes put out.
- (archaic, often pejorative, by extension) A grandee. [from 16th c.]
- A very large siluroid fish (Leptops olivaris) of the Mississippi valley; the goujon or mudcat.