Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Father.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Father: a word used chiefly by children.
  • noun In Mexico and Central and South America, the common potato, Solanum tuberosum.
  • noun A baboon; a papio or papion.
  • noun The specific name of the king-vulture of tropical America, sarcorhamphus or Gypagus papa. See cut under king-vulture.
  • noun A name, both generic and specific, of a coccothraustine bird of the Bonin Islands, Coccothraustes papa or ferrirostris, or Papa ferrirostris. Reichenbach;
  • noun A title formerly bestowed in the Christian church on bishops, and often on the inferior clergy, but now restricted to parish priests in the Greek Church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A child's word for father.
  • noun A parish priest in the Greek Church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Dad, daddy, father; a familiar or old-fashioned term of address to one’s father.
  • noun informal A pet name for one's grandfather.
  • noun A parish priest in the Greek Orthodox Church.
  • noun The letter P in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French; see papa in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Circa 17th century, from French papa, probably originally imitative of a child's early efforts at vocalization.

Examples

  • She was only sixteen, and he was perfectly splendid; and she has plenty of money, and every one talked about it; and when she went anywhere, people looked, you know, and she liked it; but her papa is an old poke, so he 's sent them all away.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • "Why, '_Samson_'" the child said, -- "_that's what you call papa! _"

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 50, December, 1861

  • 'Hideous monster! let me go; My papa is a Syndic — he is M. Frankenstein — he will punish you.

    Chapter 16

  • Sorry Matthieu, you are adorable, but your papa is chaud!

    avocat - French Word-A-Day

  • GALLAGHER: It seemed the religious world hung on his every word, but the streets remained silent, and Turks seemed pleased that the man they call papa had come to their country.

    CNN Transcript Dec 1, 2006

  • "I don't know; something dreadful must have happened, for mamma and Fan are crying together upstairs, papa is shut up in the library, and Tom is raging round like a bear, in the dining-room."

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Will it not seem strange when the largest and finest book in papa's library is one written by his Louis?

    Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz

  • He is interrogating her, how she is called, and where is she from, and how do they call papa, and how do they call mamma.

    Yama: the pit

  • "I'll not go down till papa is gone," she thought; "he'll ask me what is the matter with my eyes."

    The Wide, Wide World

  • "Let me call papa -- he must be somewhere in the house -- he will know what to do!" she said, at last, trembling and white.

    Bressant

Comments

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  • Potato in Spanish

    July 4, 2007

  • Also, Pope in Spanish (when capitalized). Not a confusion you want to make in some circles.

    July 4, 2007

  • Years ago in Chile a restaurant owner very proudly gave me a translated menu, on which her daughter had written the English name of each item in pencil, beneath the Spanish name. Their steak with fried popes was excellent.

    July 4, 2007

  • I just *love* fried popes. You can't get them around here!

    July 4, 2007

  • Remember, you can't eat Fried Popes on Friday's during Lent.

    July 5, 2007

  • True! Thanks for the reminder. ;-)

    July 5, 2007

  • For its placement on the "What Is a Reesetee, Anyway?" list... EDIT: removed from said list.

    August 15, 2008

  • Oh, for the love of....

    NO!

    August 15, 2008

  • Whahahaha!

    August 15, 2008

  • Well, all right, I'll take it off. No need to get testy.

    August 15, 2008