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abba

[uh-bah, ah-buh] /əˈbɑ, ˈɑ bə/
noun
1.
aba.

Abba

[ab-uh] /ˈæb ə/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
1.
a title of reverence for bishops and patriarchs in the Coptic, Ethiopian Christian, and Syriac churches.
2.
New Testament. an Aramaic word for father, used by Jesus and Paul to address God in a relation of personal intimacy.
Origin of Abba
< Aramaic abbā father

Abba

[ah-bah] /ˈɑ bɑ/
noun
1.
a female day name for Thursday.
See under day name.

aba

or abba

[uh-bah, ah-buh] /əˈbɑ, ˈɑ bə/
noun
1.
a coarse, felted fabric woven of camel's or goat's hair.
2.
a loose, sleeveless outer garment made of this fabric or of silk, worn by Arabs.
Also called abaya.
Origin
1805-15; < Arabic ʿabā'(ah)

day name

noun
1.
(formerly, especially in creole-speaking cultures) a name given at birth to a black child, in accordance with African customs, indicating the child's sex and the day of the week on which he or she was born, as the male and female names for Sunday (Quashee and Quasheba) Monday (Cudjo or Cudjoe and Juba) Tuesday (Cubbena and Beneba) Wednesday (Quaco and Cuba or Cubba) Thursday (Quao and Abba) Friday (Cuffee or Cuffy and Pheba or Phibbi) and Saturday (Quamin or Quame and Mimba)
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  • The name of abba Island may perhaps carry the reader back to the very beginning of this story.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • Ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, abba, Father.

    God's Plan with Men T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
  • The ascetic of abba island did not join in these seemingly innocent dissipations.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • But it happened that in a few weeks Sherif had occasion to journey to the island of abba.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • "She and abba saved my child, my Pearoo, and I would go through fire for her," was the reply.

    A Noble Queen (Volume I of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for abba

Abba1

/ˈæbə/
noun
1.
Swedish pop group (1972–82): comprised Benny Andersson (born 1946), Agnetha Faltskog (born 1950), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (born 1945), and Bjorn Ulvaeus (born 1945); numerous hit singles included "Waterloo" (1974), "Dancing Queen" (1977), and "The Winner Takes It All" (1980)

Abba2

/ˈæbə/
noun
1.
(New Testament) father (used of God)
2.
a title given to bishops and patriarchs in the Syrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian Churches
Word Origin
from Aramaic

day name

noun
1.
(W African) a name indicating a person's day of birth

aba

/ˈæbə/
noun
1.
a type of cloth from Syria, made of goat hair or camel hair
2.
a sleeveless outer garment of such cloth
Word Origin
from Arabic

ABA

abbreviation
1.
(in Britain) Amateur Boxing Association
2.
American Booksellers Association
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Word Origin and History for abba

ABBA

Swedish pop music group formed 1972, the name dates from 1973 and is an acronym from the first names of the four band members: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog.

Abba

title of honor, from Latin abba, from Greek abba, from Aramaic abba "the father, my father," emphatic of abh "father."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for abba

ABA

1.
abscisic acid
2.
American Badminton Association
3.
American Bankers Association
4.
American Bar Association
5.
American Basketball Association
6.
American Booksellers Association
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abba in the Bible

This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated "father." It is a term expressing warm affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language. It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, "abbot."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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