[ bah-buh; French ba-ba ]
/ ˈbɑ bə; French baˈba /

noun, plural ba·bas [bah-buh z; French ba-ba] /ˈbɑ bəz; French baˈba/.

a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup.

Nearby words

  1. baath,
  2. bab,
  3. bab ed-din,
  4. bab el mandeb,
  5. bab.,
  6. baba au rhum,
  7. baba ghanouj,
  8. baba ghanoush,
  9. babaco,
  10. babalas

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for baba


/ (ˈbɑːbɑː, French baba) /


a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba)

Word Origin for 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.

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