Main definitions of baba in English

: baba1baba2

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(also rum baba)

noun

  • A small, rich sponge cake, typically soaked in rum-flavoured syrup.

    ‘the cooked babas are hollowed out and filled with confectioners' custard’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, a rum baba and a treacle tart were atypically heavy.’
    • ‘Bring soaking liquor to the boil and drop the babas in, rolling them to soak all over and become bloated.’

Origin

Via French from Polish, literally ‘married peasant woman’.

Pronunciation

baba

/ˈbɑːbɑː/

Main definitions of baba in English

: baba1baba2

baba2

noun

Indian
informal
  • 1Father (often as a proper name or as a familiar form of address)

    ‘‘Baba and I have squabbled.’’
    • ‘Asked who this man was, the child mumbled proudly ‘Amaar baba (my father).’’
    • ‘When face-to-face, he would just call him baba (father).’
    • ‘She answered her father fearlessly: ‘Baba Saheb, you still wish to be revenged’.’
    1. 1.1 A 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?’
    2. 1.2 A holy man.
      ‘Balyogi Baba was reputed to have been standing on one leg for eight years’
      • ‘My father later explained that it was about this Baba (holy man) who would supposedly materialize objects from thin air.’
      • ‘It was a framed picture of Shirdi Sai baba with his hand raised in blessing, lean and austere, with a white cloth tied around his head and a trimmed white beard.’
      • ‘Pray to Sun God and Sri Raghavendra or Shirdi baba on Thursdays.’
      • ‘It is relevant here to mention those three Indian saints in recent history Kabir and Nanak and late Sai baba of Sirdi who did not found any religion based on divine revelation.’
      • ‘I am told he is a mauna baba (a holy man who has taken a vow of silence).’
      • ‘Look at the number of swamis, yogis, babas and even mendicants who have made a fortune in the western world, especially in America.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the one-armed baba and other members of the militant ascetic Juna Akhara sect are big fans of the Ram temple.’
      • ‘In due time Baba's holy body was placed and preserved in the central shrine.’
      • ‘Ghani's life takes a turn when he falls in love with a medico, Indu, living in an ashram there, run by a baba.’
  • 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.’

Origin

From Hindi bābā.

Pronunciation

baba

/ˈbɑːbɑː/