Definition of aga in US English:



  • (in Muslim countries, especially under the Ottoman Empire) a military commander or official.

    • ‘The aga was also charged of controlling all the goods and passengers to embark since they needed the bey’s permission’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 16th century: from Turkish ağa ‘master, lord’, from Mongolian aqa.