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A small, rich sponge cake, typically soaked in rum-flavoured syrup.‘the cooked babas are hollowed out and filled with confectioners' custard’
- ‘Well, a rum baba and a treacle tart were atypically heavy.’
- ‘The rich, light, delicate yeast cake, made from flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, is related to brioche, baba, and savarin.’
- ‘Best of all, they have imported Italian rum babas soaking in glass jars.’
- ‘An alcohol-soaked rum cake similar to a baba au rhum that sat on a puree of orange with a whipped coconut cream was a decided runner-up.’
- ‘Bring soaking liquor to the boil and drop the babas in, rolling them to soak all over and become bloated.’
Via French from Polish, literally married peasant woman.
1Father (often as a proper name or as a familiar form of address)‘‘Baba and I have squabbled.’’
- ‘When face-to-face, he would just call him baba (father).’
- ‘She answered her father fearlessly: ‘Baba Saheb, you still wish to be revenged’.’
- ‘Asked who this man was, the child mumbled proudly ‘Amaar baba (my father).’’
- 1.1A respectful form of address for an older man.‘‘Sit down, baba, you like tea?’’
- ‘Note that baba, on its own, can independently refer to an old wise man.’
- ‘Sit down, baba, you like tea?’
- 1.2A holy man.‘Balyogi Baba was reputed to have been standing on one leg for eight years’
- ‘Not surprisingly, the one-armed baba and other members of the militant ascetic Juna Akhara sect are big fans of the Ram temple.’
- ‘Ghani's life takes a turn when he falls in love with a medico, Indu, living in an ashram there, run by a baba.’
- ‘My father later explained that it was about this Baba (holy man) who would supposedly materialize objects from thin air.’
- ‘In due time Baba's holy body was placed and preserved in the central shrine.’
2A child, especially a male one.‘‘Remove the paper whenever you are ready, baba.’’
- ‘But officially sanctioned ‘dating’ and sexual intimacy - na baba na.’
- ‘The babas (girls and boys) are barely three or four years old.’
From Hindi bābā.
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