abba

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See also: Abba and abba-

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek, from Aramaic אבא/ܐܒܐ (ʼabbāʼ, father); see abbot.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abba (plural abbas)

  1. (Christianity, Judaism) Father; religious superior; in the Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch; a title given to Jewish scholars in the Talmudic period.[1]
    • 2012, The Book of the Elders: Sayings of the Desert Fathers, →ISBN, page 135:
      The abba of the coenobion went to him and told him about the brother who had slipped up.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant forms.

Noun[edit]

abba (plural abbas)

  1. Alternative form of aba
    • 1836, Thomas Hartwell Horne, Landscape Illustrations of the Bible:
      The rich turbans and flowing robes of the respectable merchants are finely contrasted with the rude sheepskin covering of the mountaineer, and the dark abba of the wandering Arab.
    • 1840, Nicholas Patrick Wiseman, The Dublin Review - Parts 1-2, page 420:
      Around their waist, instead of a shawl, they wear a girdle fastened with monstrous silver clasps which may be ornamented, according to the owner's taste, with jewels and in which they stick not only their Koordish dagger, but a pair of great brass or silver-knobbed pistols; from this, too, hang sundry powder-horns and shot-cases, cartridge-boxes, &c. ; and over all they cast a sort of cloak, or abba, of camel's hair, white or black, or striped white brown and black, clasped on the breast, and floating picturesquely behind.
    • 2014, Robert Richardson, Travels along the Mediterranean and Parts Adjacent, →ISBN, page 284:
      Conceiving that he had some solid reason for his refusal, which he could not with propriety disclose in presence of Omar Effendi, I did not urge him to accompany me; but laying aside my white burnous, which I had hitherto worn after the fashion of Cairo, put on a black abba of the Capo Verde which was brought me by as black a Hercules, of whom the interpreter remarked that there was only one person in Jerusalem, and that too a fellow-servant, who was piu diavolo che lui, more devil than he.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 [1975], →ISBN), page 1

Anagrams[edit]


Corsican[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin apis

Noun[edit]

abba f (plural abbi)

  1. bee

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

abba

  1. Romanization of 𐌰𐌱𐌱𐌰

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

az +‎ -ba. The z of the demonstrative pronoun assimilates with the -b of the suffix.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈɒbːɒ]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ab‧ba

Pronoun[edit]

abba

  1. illative singular of az
    Abba a dobozba rakd a ruhákat. - Put the clothes into that box.

Usage notes[edit]

It points to the inside of an object that is farther away from the speaker. Its opposite pair is ebbe which points to the inside of an object close to the speaker.


Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀββα (abba), from Aramaic אבא/ܐܒܐ (ʼabbāʼ, father).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈab.ba/, [ˈäbːä]
  • Rhymes: -abba
  • Stress: àbba
  • Hyphenation: ab‧ba

Noun[edit]

abba m (singular only)

  1. (Christianity, Judaism) abba

Related terms[edit]


Marshallese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese はっぱ (発破, happa).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • MED phonemes: {habbah}
  • IPA(key): /ɰapˠpˠaɰ/, [ɑ̯ɑpˠpˠɑɑ̯]

Noun[edit]

abba

  1. dynamite

References[edit]


Nyunga[edit]

Interjection[edit]

abba

  1. g'day

References[edit]

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Old Frisian[edit]

Noun[edit]

abba m

  1. an abbot

Declension[edit]


Sardinian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin aqua, from Proto-Italic *akʷā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂. Compare Romanian apă.

Noun[edit]

abba

  1. water