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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
< Aramaic abbā father

Abba

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for abbas

Abbas

/ˈæbəs/
noun
1.
Ferhat. 1899–1985, Algerian nationalist leader: joined the National Liberation Front (1956); president of the provisional government of the Algerian republic (1958–61)

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
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Word Origin and History for abbas
ABBA
Swed. 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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abbas 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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Encyclopedia Article for abbas

the superior of a monastic community that follows the Benedictine Rule (Benedictines, Cistercians, Camaldolese, Trappists) and of certain other orders (Premonstratensians, canons regular of the Lateran). The word derives from the Aramaic ab ("father"), or aba ("my father"), which in the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) and in New Testament Greek was written abbas. Early Christian Egyptian monks renowned for age and sanctity were called abbas by their disciples, but, when monasticism became more organized, superiors were called proestos ("he who rules") in the East and the Latin equivalent, praepositus, in the West.

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