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A type of heavy heat-retaining stove or range used for cooking and heating.
- ‘Also included in the sale is an Aga, oven, hob and fridge-freezer.’
- ‘We were young and didn't cook that much - we only had the top of the Aga as the oven didn't work.’
- ‘Inside, both the sitting room and drawing room have bay windows, there is a dining room and a kitchen with a gas-fired Aga.’
- ‘A traditional range such as an Aga is also an option if you have the space, as they can boil water as well as supply heat for cooking.’
- ‘The impressive kitchen includes fitted maple units with an integrated dishwasher, a double oven and hob and an oil-fired Aga.’
1930s: from the Swedish name ( Svenskaa) A(ktiebolaget) Ga(sackumulator) Swedish Gas Accumulator Company, the original manufacturer.
(in Muslim countries, especially under the Ottoman Empire) a military commander or official.
- ‘There were rumours that she had been outraged and murdered by a Turkish aga.’
- ‘Wealthy Turkish Agas and Beys lived in the town as well.’
- ‘Ida and her family also have to abandon the country after the Turkish aga decided to marry her and to make her part of his harem.’
- ‘Many of the exiled agas eventually found their ways back from Syria and took up their feudal roles, but they did not reclaim this village.’
- ‘The aga was also charged of controlling all the goods and passengers to embark since they needed the beys permission’
Mid 16th century: from Turkish ağa master, lord, from Mongolian aqa.
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