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Baba \Ba"ba\, n. [F.] A kind of plum cake.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

kind of plum cake, 1827, from French baba (19c.), said by French etymology dictionaries to be from Polish baba.


n. 1 A kind of sponge cake soaked in rum-flavoured syrup. 2 (context esp. among people of East European ancestry English) A grandmother. 3 An old woman, especially a traditional old woman from an eastern European culture. 4 (context esp. among people of Indian ancestry English) A father. 5 (context Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism English) A holy man, a spiritual leader. 6 (context India dated English) A baby, child. 7 In baby talk, often used for a variety of words beginning with ''b'', such as ''bottle'' or ''blanket''.


n : a small cake leavened with yeast


Baba and similar words may refer to:

Baba (Alanis Morissette song)
  1. redirect Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Baba (2002 film)

Baba is a 2002 Indian Tamil language fantasy- political thriller film starring and written by Rajinikanth and directed by Suresh Krishna. The film's cast included Manisha Koirala, Vijayakumar, M. N. Nambiar, Goundamani, Sujatha, Karunas, Ashish Vidyarthi, Amrish Puri, Sayaji Shinde and Riyaz Khan. Guest roles and special appearances were performed by Ramya Krishnan, Sarath Babu, Raghava Lawrence, Prabhu Deva, Radha Ravi and Nassar. Soundtrack and background music were composed by A. R. Rahman.

The film's story is about a carefree young atheist, Baba, who is a reincarnation of a great saint from the Himalayas. After several twists and problems caused by corrupt local politicians, Baba is taken to Mahavatar Babaji, whom Baba was a follower of in his last life. Baba gets tested by the deity and is given seven chances of wishes; the test is that if he uses any one of the wishes for his own personal desires, he would have to take many more births for him to get rid of the Karma.

Baba (Alevism)

An Alevi and sunni religious leader related to a Dede in Sufism.

Baba (honorific)

Baba (: بابا, , بابا, ; Sanskrit, Hindi and Marathi: ; Assamese and Bengali: বাবা; Punjabi: ਬਾਬਾ; father; grandfather; wise old man; sir,) is a Persian honorific term used in several West Asian and South Asian cultures. It is used as a mark of respect to refer to Sufi saints.

The Bektashi Order, headquartered in Albania, uses the term baba for all its priesthood.

During the Muslim rule in South Asia it was also used for Hindu and Sikh ascetics ( sannyasis) is also be used as a suffix or prefix to their names e.g.: Ramdev Baba, Baba Ramdevji, etc. Baba is also a title accorded to the head of certain order of Sufi saints: Baba Bulleh Shah and Rehman Baba. The Persian term was also adopted in Malaysia as an honorific form of respect to address Chinese people born in British Straits Settlement.

In Shona, a language spoken in Zimbabwe, and also in Yoruba, a language spoken by the Yoruba culture in the south western part of Nigeria, Baba is an honorific for father, wise man or, simply, elderly man. It is also a term of respect used by wives, other women, children and other youth to an older man.

"Patera" is the formal translation of the word "father" into the modern Greek language (Meaning, "Priest" {as in 'Father Dennis'}, "father" {as in, 'Listen to your father'}, and is also used as a term of respect towards fathers in law). While "Patera" may be the formal way to address elders (out of respect) the word "Baba" is a more casual way of saying father, and much more commonly used. It can be most directly translated to the English words "Dad," "Daddy," and "Pops." The similar form "papà" is commonly used in Italian, as well as "papa" in French and "Papa" in German.

Bába (2008 film)

Bába is a 2008 Czech short drama film directed by Zuzana Kirchnerová. It won the 1st Prize in the Cinéfondation section at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Baba (Serbia)

Baba ( Serbian Cyrillic: Баба) is a mountain in central Serbia, east of the city of Paraćin. It has an elevation of 657 metres above sea level.

At the northern edge of the mountain, there is Orthodox monastery Lešje from 14th century.

Baba (name)

Baba is a name and may refer to:

Baba (2012 film)

Baba is a 2012 Egyptian drama film written by Karim Famy and directed by Akram Farid for New Century Production.

Baba (Nepal)

Nepal is a tiny country located in Himalayas. Most of people in Nepal are Hindus and speak nepali which is derived from ancient Sanskrit language. In Nepali language Baba stands for father. Baba can be pronounced in many different ways. Baba, bau Buwa, pitaji, ba, are interchangeably used in Nepal.

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Baba (bread)

Baba is a type of thick, round, heavy bread that is prepared either plain or with various fillings by the Naxi people of north-western Yunnan, China. It can be sweet or savory.

Usage examples of "baba".

It is the tale of a certain man, of humble bearing and modest occupation, named Ali Baba, and how a chance encounter led him to great wealth and even greater danger.

Perhaps you have even guessed that my name is indeed Ali Baba, and, especially you noisy lot in the back, perhaps you forget that I once was one of the most talented of woodcutters, and have retained a facility for the exacting use of exceedingly sharp instruments.

Ali Baba was the younger of two sons, and when his father had passed from this world, the elder bequeathed all of his earthly goods upon the older of the two, whose name was Kassim.

But still did Ali Baba keep silent, and continue to go about his menial business without complaint.

Ali Baba pursued his woodcutting, day in and day out, collecting vast and back-breaking quantities of wood in the wild forest beyond the city, receiving calluses upon his palms and splinters in his fingers, facing constant threats from wild bandits and wilder beasts, so that he might eke out the most meager of existences.

Ali Baba, his wife, and the one single servant that they could afford were crowded upon, and further that Kassim seemed to have loud and vociferous gatherings that lasted far into the night, depriving Ali Baba of much-needed sleep.

Therefore, when Ali Baba arose the next morning, even before the dawn, so that he might drive his mules the incredibly great distance into that portion of the dangerous forest where the best wood might be found, he discovered these twin disasters.

But was the humble Ali Baba embittered because his front walk was now heavily soiled and odoriferous?

Ali Baba, truly a prince among paupers, did indeed espy his brother, Kassim, traversing his nearby gate.

Ali Baba was uncertain whether he wished to make his brother busier still.

But was the righteous Ali Baba ready to take this earthenware cup that is now in his hands and smash it into bits against this nearby tent pole?

Ali Baba found himself chopping the most sturdy wood from the darkest part of the forest, a place so dense with undergrowth that it seemed to be twilight at noon, and every shadow appeared to produce a further shadow of its own.

Ali Baba was understandably disquieted by his surroundings, but he also knew that the wood that he cut would bring a good price at market, so that he might provide adequately for his wife and children.

Ali Baba redoubled his efforts, wondering if any amount of effort might be worth the loss of his life.

As they passed his hiding place within the dense forest thicket, Ali Baba further heard the sounds of coarse laughter and the sort of language one did not generally associate with the upper echelons of polite society.