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papa

[ pah-puh, puh-pah ]
/ ˈpɑ pə, pəˈpɑ /
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noun

(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 (1 of 4)

papa1
/ (pəˈpɑː) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for papa (2 of 4)

papa2
/ (ˈpɑːpɑː) /

noun

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

Word Origin for papa

C16: from Italian

British Dictionary definitions for papa (3 of 4)

papa3
/ (ˈpɑːpa) /

noun

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

Word Origin for papa

Māori

British Dictionary definitions for papa (4 of 4)

Papa
/ (ˈpɑːpɑː) /

noun

communications a code word for the letter p
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