Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3



  • Father.

    as name ‘Pa is busy on the telephone’
    • ‘Pa was 45 when I was born so I didn't really realize it but he was more like a grandfather than a dad to me.’
    • ‘We were almost finished laying the irrigation for the "garden," as my Pa called it - it was actually 2 acres.’
    • ‘Most girls around town were married by sixteen, just as soon as they finished their schooling, or earlier if they or their pas thought it necessary.’
    male parent, begetter, patriarch, paterfamilias
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Early 19th century: abbreviation of papa.




Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3


  • Pascal(s).

  • The chemical element protactinium.

Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3


  • 1Panama (international vehicle registration).

  • 2Pennsylvania (in official postal use).

  • 3British Personal assistant.

    second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, right-hand man, henchman, underling
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  • 4Press Association.

  • 5Public address.