papa

[pah-puh, puh-pah]

noun

(initial capital letter) a code word used in communications, especially by radio, to represent the letter P.

Origin of papa

1675–85; < French; Middle French pappa (nursery word); compare Latin pāpa father (see pope), Old Norse pāpi, pabbi father. See pap1
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Related Words for papa

dad, pop, daddy, pa

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British Dictionary definitions for papa

papa

1

noun

old-fashioned an informal word for father (def. 1)

Word Origin for papa

C17: from French, a children's word for father; compare Late Latin pāpa, Greek pappa

papa

2

noun

RC Church another name for the pope 1 (def. 1)

Word Origin for papa

C16: from Italian

papa

3

noun

NZ rare. a soft blue-grey clay of marine siltstone or sandstone

Word Origin for papa

Māori

Papa

noun

communications a code word for the letter p
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Word Origin and History for papa
n.

"father," 1680s, from French papa, from Latin papa, originally a child's word, cf. Greek pappa (vocative) "o father," pappas "father," pappos "grandfather." The native word is daddy; first use of papa was in courtly speech, as a continental affectation, not used by common folk until late 18c.

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