papa

[pah-puh, puh-pah]
noun
2.
(initial capital letter) a code word used in communications, especially by radio, to represent the letter P.

Origin:
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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papa1 (pəˈpɑː)
 
n
old-fashioned an informal word for father
 
[C17: from French, a children's word for father; compare Late Latin pāpa, Greek pappa]

papa2 (ˈpɑːpɑː)
 
n
RC Church another name for the pope
 
[C16: from Italian]

papa3 (ˈpɑːpa)
 
n
(NZ) rare. a soft blue-grey clay of marine siltstone or sandstone
 
[Māori]

Papa (ˈpɑːpɑː)
 
n
communications a code word for the letter p

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papa
"father," 1681, from Fr. papa, from L. papa, originally a child's word, cf. Gk. pappa (voc.) "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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They stay closer to their homes, close to mama and papa, to help them in case of bad economic situations.
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