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papa

[pah-puh, puh-pah]
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noun
  1. father.
  2. (initial capital letter) a code word used in communications, especially by radio, to represent the letter P.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for papa

papa1

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

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

papa2

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

C16: from Italian

papa3

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

Papa

noun
  1. 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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