Main definitions of Abba in English

: Abba1Abba2

Abba1

noun

  • 1(in the New Testament) God as father:

    ‘‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘all things are possible to you’’
    • ‘We are all born to this Abba who takes us in regardless of our birthright, race, gender, language, or social status.’
    • ‘The most important thing is the presence of God with us, and loving this Abba as we are first loved.’
    • ‘God lavishes his love on us, and that love is experienced in a Father-child relationship, when the Holy Spirit within us responds, ‘Abba, Father’.’
    • ‘But now only God is to be addressed as abba, stripping the legitimation from existing patriarchal institutions and implicitly undermining all relationships of domination.’
    1. 1.1 (in the Syrian Orthodox and Coptic Churches) a title given to bishops and patriarchs.
      • ‘Known as the Atang, the Keeper of the Ark, Abba Mekonen is bone thin with a shy smile.’
  • 2Indian abbaFather (often as a familiar form of address in Muslim families).

    • ‘Abba gathered the family over lunch as he did every time he had something important to talk about.’
    • ‘When her father asked if she would like to see a photograph of the man she would marry, Nazneen replied, ‘Abba, it is good that you have chosen my husband. I hope I can be a good wife, like Amma’.’
    • ‘Great respect is shown the father or abba, and mother, amma.’

Origin

Via Greek from Aramaic 'abbā father; sense 2 is from Hindi abbā, from Arabic ab.

Pronunciation:

Abba

/ˈabə/

Main definitions of Abba in English

: Abba1Abba2

Abba2

proper noun

  • A Swedish pop group which became popular in the 1970s with catchy, well-crafted songs such as ‘Waterloo’ (1974) and ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ (1977).

Pronunciation:

Abba

/ˈabə/