Definition of abba

 (Entry 1 of 2)

variant spelling of aba:2


noun, often capitalized
ab·​ba | \ ˈabə, aˈbä \
plural -s

Definition of abba (Entry 2 of 2)

: father a title of honor given variously to the Deity in the New Testament, to bishops and patriarchs in many Eastern churches, and to Jewish scholars in the Talmudic period

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First Known Use of abba


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abba


Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin, borrowed from Greek, borrowed from Aramaic abbā

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“Abba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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