Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3

pa1

noun

informal
  • 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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Origin

Early 19th century: abbreviation of papa.

Pronunciation

pa

/pɑː/

Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3

Pa2

  • Pascal(s).

  • The chemical element protactinium.

Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3

PA3

  • 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.