One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Bring soaking liquor to the boil and drop the babas in, rolling them to soak all over and become bloated.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Best of all, they have imported Italian rum babas soaking in glass jars.’
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.’’
- ‘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).’’
- ‘When face-to-face, he would just call him baba (father).’
- 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?’
- 1.2 A holy man (often as a proper name or form of address)‘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.’
- ‘Pray to Sun God and Sri Raghavendra or Shirdi baba on Thursdays.’
- ‘Look at the number of swamis, yogis, babas and even mendicants who have made a fortune in the western world, especially in America.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I am told he is a mauna baba (a holy man who has taken a vow of silence).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ghani's life takes a turn when he falls in love with a medico, Indu, living in an ashram there, run by a baba.’
- ‘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.’
2A child, especially a male one (often in names or as an affectionate form of address)‘‘Remove the paper whenever you are ready, baba.’’
- ‘The babas (girls and boys) are barely three or four years old.’
- ‘But officially sanctioned ‘dating’ and sexual intimacy - na baba na.’
From Urdu bābā.
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