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Abba1

[ah-bah]
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noun
  1. a female day name for Thursday.See under day name.
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Abba2

[ab-uh]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a title of reverence for bishops and patriarchs in the Coptic, Ethiopian Christian, and Syriac churches.
  2. New Testament. an Aramaic word for father, used by Jesus and Paul to address God in a relation of personal intimacy.
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Origin of Abba2

From the Aramaic word abbā father

aba

or ab·ba

[uh-bah, ah-buh]
noun
  1. a coarse, felted fabric woven of camel's or goat's hair.
  2. a loose, sleeveless outer garment made of this fabric or of silk, worn by Arabs.
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Origin of aba

1805–15; < Arabic ʿabā'(ah)
Also called abaya.

day name

noun
  1. (formerly, especially in creole-speaking cultures) a name given at birth to a black child, in accordance with African customs, indicating the child's sex and the day of the week on which he or she was born, as the male and female names for Sunday (Quashee and Quasheba), Monday (Cudjo or Cudjoe and Juba), Tuesday (Cubbena and Beneba), Wednesday (Quaco and Cuba or Cubba), Thursday (Quao and Abba), Friday (Cuffee or Cuffy and Pheba or Phibbi), and Saturday (Quamin or Quame and Mimba).
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Examples from the Web for abba

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  • Ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

    God's Plan with Men

    T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin

  • But it happened that in a few weeks Sherif had occasion to journey to the island of Abba.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • At sunset on an August evening in 1881 the steamer arrived at Abba.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • To these proportions had the little band of followers who fought at Abba grown!

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill

  • The movement initiated by the priest of Abba island had attained its climax.

    The River War

    Winston S. Churchill


British Dictionary definitions for abba

Abba1

noun
  1. Swedish pop group (1972–82): comprised Benny Andersson (born 1946), Agnetha Faltskog (born 1950), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (born 1945), and Bjorn Ulvaeus (born 1945); numerous hit singles included "Waterloo" (1974), "Dancing Queen" (1977), and "The Winner Takes It All" (1980)
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Abba2

noun
  1. New Testament father (used of God)
  2. a title given to bishops and patriarchs in the Syrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian Churches
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Word Origin

from Aramaic

aba

noun
  1. a type of cloth from Syria, made of goat hair or camel hair
  2. a sleeveless outer garment of such cloth
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Word Origin

from Arabic

ABA

abbreviation for
  1. (in Britain) Amateur Boxing Association
  2. American Booksellers Association
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day name

noun
  1. Western African a name indicating a person's day of birth
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Word Origin and History for abba

ABBA

Swedish pop music group formed 1972, the name dates from 1973 and is an acronym from the first names of the four band members: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog.

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Abba

title of honor, from Latin abba, from Greek abba, from Aramaic abba "the father, my father," emphatic of abh "father."

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