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noun, plural pas.
  1. a step or series of steps in ballet.
  2. right of precedence.
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Origin of pas

1695–1705; < French < Latin passus. See pace1


[pah, paw]
noun Informal.
  1. father.
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Origin of pa

short for papa
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  • Nor when we alight at the Pas de Soucis are these features wanting.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Why, my pa's richer than all the rest of 'em's pas put together.

  • "Pas du tout," d'Alcacer assured her with whimsical gravity.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • When she came in to any full assembly, she would not yield the pas to the best of them.

  • "Look, Mitch," says I. And he looked and stopped and our pas went on.

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

British Dictionary definitions for pas


noun plural pas (pɑːz, French )
  1. a dance step or movement, esp in ballet
  2. rare the right to precede; precedence
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Word Origin

C18: French, literally: step


abbreviation for
  1. physician-assisted suicide: a practice in which a terminally-ill person requests a medical practitioner to administer a lethal dose of medication
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  1. an informal word for father
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noun NZ
  1. a Māori village or settlement
  2. history a Māori defensive position and settlement on a hilltop
  3. go back to the pa to abandon city life in favour of rural life
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Word Origin



the internet domain name for
  1. Panama
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the chemical symbol for
  1. protactinium
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symbol for
  1. pascal
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abbreviation for
  1. Pennsylvania
  2. personal appearance
  3. personal assistant
  4. military Post Adjutant
  5. power of attorney
  6. press agent
  7. Press Association
  8. banking private account
  9. public-address system
  10. publicity agent
  11. Publishers Association
  12. purchasing agent
  13. insurance particular average
  14. (in New Zealand) probationary assistant
  15. Panama (international car registration)
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Word Origin and History for pas


"a step in dancing," 1775, from French pas; see pass (n.). Used in forming names for types of dances, e.g. pas de deux (1762).

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1804, colloquial shortening of papa (q.v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pas in Medicine


  1. para-aminosalicylic acid
  2. periodic acid-Schiff
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  1. The symbol for the elementprotactinium
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  1. physician's assistant
  2. posteroanterior
  3. pulmonary artery
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pas in Science


  1. Abbreviation of pascal
  2. The symbol for protactinium.
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