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in the Ottoman Empire:

(1) An officer rank among the janissaries that corresponded to the commander of an orta (company).

(2) A member of the village elite, which comprised elders, leaders, and prosperous peasants. The Turkish authorities recruited çorbacis to work in judicial and administrative agencies and usually appointed tax collectors from their ranks. In the 19th century the term came to refer mainly to merchants and wealthy Christians. In modern Turkey the term is used colloquially by sailors to mean shipowner.

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Mustafa Aga Corbaci, leader of the local Janissaries (yerliyya), could not resist bragging that he was the "sultan of Damascus".
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Dinah Corbaci has been added to the Company's Board of Directors.
Corbaci on the Board of Century Casinos", said Chairman and CEO Erwin Haitzmann.
Corbaci graduated with a Doctorate degree in law from the University of Salzburg, Austria.