Noun Abba Definition and Examples







(in the New Testament) God as father.
  1. 'The most important thing is the presence of God with us, and loving this Abba as we are first loved.'
  2. 'But now only God is to be addressed as abba, stripping the legitimation from existing patriarchal institutions and implicitly undermining all relationships of domination.'
  3. 'Known as the Atang, the Keeper of the Ark, Abba Mekonen is bone thin with a shy smile.'
Father (often as a familiar form of address in Muslim families).
  1. 'Abba gathered the family over lunch as he did every time he had something important to talk about.'

proper noun

A Swedish pop group which became popular in the 1970s with catchy, well-crafted songs such as ‘Waterloo’ (1974) and ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ (1977).
    ((n.) Father; religious superior; -- in the Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch.)

    Via Greek from Aramaic 'abbā ‘father’; sense 2 is from Hindi abbā, from Arabic ab.

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