from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bible In the New Testament, God.
- n. Used as a title of honor for bishops and patriarchs in some Christian churches of Egypt, Syria, and Ethiopia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Father; religious superior; -- in the Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Father.
- n. See aba.
Middle English, from Late Latin abbā, from Greek; see abbot.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek, from Aramaic אבא/ܐܒܐ (ʼabbāʼ, "father"). (Wiktionary)