Main definitions of dada in English

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dada1

noun

informal
  • One's father.

    • ‘There is no more wonderful gift in my life than my daughter, who is upstairs getting tucked into bed by her Dada as I write this.’
    • ‘Young William loved these outings, so proud to be seen with his Dada.’
    • ‘I love my dada and completely adore his eccentric ways.’
    • ‘The truth is that my dada is jealous of my fiancé because I'm his only girl and we were so close.’
    • ‘My dada said that my mom left us too for doing groceries, when we were in bed, but my mom denied that.’

Origin

Late 17th century: perhaps imitative of a young child's first syllables (see dad).

Pronunciation

dada

/ˈdadə/

Main definitions of dada in English

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dada2

noun

Indian
  • 1An older brother or male cousin.

    ‘Dada went to see off his father-in-law’
    • ‘I had a meeting with about 90 dadas to discuss the future of their youth.’
    • ‘Born in Delhi to Punjabi parents who were refugees of the partition from Lahore, he has heard stories from his dadas.’
    • ‘Driving through jungle roads for three hours, we reached a village to find the remnants of a fire started by the dadas.’
    • ‘My dada is old, so all he and his friends talk about is diseases.’
    • ‘The Hindi play directed at the dadas of the city sent the crowd into peals of laughter.’
    1. 1.1 A respectful form of address for an older male.
      ‘Ram dada is my cousin's friend’
      • ‘After Channu dada's request, the Sanghatana filed a complaint with the collector in September 2002, demanding the release of his sons.’

Origin

From Hindi dādā.

Pronunciation

dada

/ˈdɑːdɑː/

Main definitions of dada in English

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Dada3

noun

  • An early 20th-century movement in art, literature, music, and film, repudiating and mocking artistic and social conventions and emphasizing the illogical and absurd.

    • ‘The reader would never guess from this textbook that di Chirico exerted a huge influence on Dada, Surrealism and popular culture.’
    • ‘The spirit of Dada and the other avant-garde art movements was forged in the trenches of World War One.’
    • ‘Strains of both Dada and Duchamp course through these found objects rendered into found poems.’
    • ‘Pieces in the show referenced Conceptualism, performance, Dada, realism and abstraction.’
    • ‘Collage has been used in many major art movements, for example Dada, Surrealism, and Pop art.’
    • ‘He describes his transition from Dada to surrealism as a compromise.’
    • ‘Members were united by their interest in Marcel Duchamp, Dada and the role of chance in art.’
    • ‘After a few years, Dada was replaced by the dreamlike ideas of Surrealism, which continues to the present day.’
    • ‘Paolozzi, born in 1924, had even gone to Paris in the 1940s to study Dada and Surrealism at the source.’
    • ‘The ideologues of Futurism, Dada and Constructivism realised the potential for making works of outrage by collaging existing imagery.’
    • ‘Amid the derangements of Dada and abstract expressionism she reverted to tradition.’
    • ‘The time has come to think beyond the divides of Pop and Minimalism, of Dada and abstraction, and of avant-garde and modernism.’
    • ‘Does Brancusi come closer to the spiritualism of the Shaker society or to the witticism of Duchamp and Dada?’
    • ‘Here are jumbled together manifestos from the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Dada, the Suprematists and the Futurists.’
    • ‘The cult of artistic and existential evasion in Dada and surrealism made suicide a leitmotif of literary life in inter-war France.’
    • ‘From the earliest days of Dada, Duchamp's iconoclastic vision had been at the forefront of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘Burger used the term avant-garde only in reference to Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism.’
    • ‘I would have to say that the movements of Dada and Surrealism have had a positive influence on me.’
    • ‘Hopkins is concerned with the legacy of the late Dada which flowered in New York in the 1920s and in particular with the work of Duchamp, Picabia and Man Ray.’

Origin

French, literally ‘hobby horse’, the title of a review published in Zurich in 1916.

Pronunciation

Dada

/ˈdɑːdɑː/