From the Ottoman Turkish آغا (ağa).
- elder brother
- uncle (meaning 1)
- “uncle” (meaning 3) — not always a member of the extended family, but in every case someone who gives you advice and support in different ways
- form of address to any man who is elder than you, showing both fondness and respect
Such words are far more usual in Crimean Tatar than words like sir in English, for example, and they are often hard to translate in any Western European languages.
- babay-ağa, probably the origin of the Ukrainian, Rusyn, Belarusian, and Russian Баба-Яга (Baba-Jaga)
From Ottoman Turkish آغا (ağa), from earlier *āɣa, from Proto-Turkic *āka (“elder (brother)”). The widespread sense is preserved in ağabey (“elder brother”).
ağa (definite accusative ağayı, plural ağalar)
- lord, master
- chief, boss