[bah-buh; French ba-ba]
- a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup.
Origin of baba
1820–30; < French < Polish: literally, old woman, peasant woman; the cake was introduced into France by the court of the exiled Polish king Stanislaus I
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Examples from the Web for baba
“Maidan is distinctly separate from the current government,” says Baba, a rail-thin man with a long beard who looks like a monk.
“There is no real chain of command in the army,” Baba tells me.
“So-called state leaders are not interested in the state,” Baba says.
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No sooner have the heroes gone off to the chase, than the Baba Yaga is there in a moment.
But the Baba Yaga had strictly forbidden her to tell the truth.
Towards evening Vasilissa got the table ready, and awaited the Baba Yaga.
When the Baba Yaga got up in the morning, the sorry colt was not to be seen!
There stood a hut, and in it sat weaving the Baba Yaga, the Bony-shanks.
- a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)
C19: from French, from Polish, literally: old woman
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Word Origin and History for baba
kind of plum cake, 1827, from French baba (19c.), said by French etymology dictionaries to be from Polish baba.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper