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)



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