One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(The title of) the chief admiral of the Ottoman fleet.
Late 16th century. In some forms from captain + bashaw, after post-classical Latin Capitan Bassa from Ottoman Turkish Kapudan Pāšā with remodelling of the first element after Italian capitano and post-classical Latin capitaneus.
Capitan Pasha/ˌkapɪtan ˈpaʃə/
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