خواجه

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Ottoman Turkish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Persian خواجه(khâje).

Noun[edit]

خواجه (hoca)

  1. teacher
  2. professor
  3. master
  4. hodja

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Persian[edit]

Dari Persian خواجه
Iranian Persian
Tajik хоҷа (xoja)

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately derived from a Middle Indo-Aryan reflex of Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upādhyāya, teacher; preceptor; spiritual adviser), via Central Asian intermediaries. Various Middle Indo-Aryan reflexes are attested from all stages, including Maharastri Prakrit 𑀉𑀯𑀚𑁆𑀛𑀸𑀅 (uvajjhāa), but the Central Asian loaning source most closely resembles an unattested *𑀯𑀸𑀚𑁆𑀛𑀸𑀅 (*vājjhāa) — matching Sindhi واجهو(vājho, Hindu schoolteacher), cf. also Tamil வாத்தியார் (vāttiyār, teacher; instructor; family priest). The initial aspiration in Classical Persian خواجه (xwāja) is also found in Khwarezmian خواجیک(xwʾjyk /xwājīk/, venerated man) and Chinese 和尚 (héshàng, Buddhist monk) (see more there).

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Noun[edit]

خواجه (xâje) (plural خواجه‌ها(xâje-hâ) or خواجگان(xâjegân))

  1. lord, master, owner
  2. (archaic) dignitary, gentleman
  3. (archaic) wealthy man
  4. (archaic) a polite form of address of a man, mister
  5. Khwajah, vizier
  6. (colloquial, historical) eunuch

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