Abba

1
[ ah-bah ]
/ ˈɑ bɑ /

noun

a female day name for Thursday.See under day name.

Definition for abba (2 of 4)

Abba

2
[ ab-uh ]
/ ˈæb ə /

noun (sometimes lowercase)

a title of reverence for bishops and patriarchs in the Coptic, Ethiopian Christian, and Syriac churches.
New Testament. an Aramaic word for father, used by Jesus and Paul to address God in a relation of personal intimacy.

Origin of Abba

2
From the Aramaic word abbā father

Definition for abba (3 of 4)

aba

or ab·ba

[ uh-bah, ah-buh ]
/ əˈbɑ, ˈɑ bə /

noun

a coarse, felted fabric woven of camel's or goat's hair.
a loose, sleeveless outer garment made of this fabric or of silk, worn by Arabs.

Origin of aba

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

Definition for abba (4 of 4)

day name


noun

(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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British Dictionary definitions for abba (1 of 5)

Abba

1
/ (ˈæbə) /

noun

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)

British Dictionary definitions for abba (2 of 5)

Abba

2
/ (ˈæbə) /

noun

New Testament father (used of God)
a title given to bishops and patriarchs in the Syrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian Churches

Word Origin for Abba

from Aramaic

British Dictionary definitions for abba (3 of 5)

aba

/ (ˈæbə) /

noun

a type of cloth from Syria, made of goat hair or camel hair
a sleeveless outer garment of such cloth

Word Origin for aba

from Arabic

British Dictionary definitions for abba (4 of 5)

ABA


abbreviation for

(in Britain) Amateur Boxing Association
American Booksellers Association

British Dictionary definitions for abba (5 of 5)

day name


noun

Western African a name indicating a person's day of birth
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