Main definitions of dada in English

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dada1

noun

informal
  • One's father.

    • ‘There is no more wonderful gift in my life than my daughter, who is upstairs getting tucked into bed by her Dada as I write this.’
    • ‘Young William loved these outings, so proud to be seen with his Dada.’
    • ‘I love my dada and completely adore his eccentric ways.’
    • ‘The truth is that my dada is jealous of my fiancé because I'm his only girl and we were so close.’
    • ‘My dada said that my mom left us too for doing groceries, when we were in bed, but my mom denied that.’

Origin

Late 17th century: perhaps imitative of a young child's first syllables (see dad).

Pronunciation

dada

/-də/

Main definitions of dada in English

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dada2

noun

Indian
  • 1An older brother or male cousin.

    ‘Dada went to see off his father-in-law’
    • ‘Born in Delhi to Punjabi parents who were refugees of the partition from Lahore, he has heard stories from his dadas.’
    • ‘The Hindi play directed at the dadas of the city sent the crowd into peals of laughter.’
    • ‘My dada is old, so all he and his friends talk about is diseases.’
    • ‘Driving through jungle roads for three hours, we reached a village to find the remnants of a fire started by the dadas.’
    • ‘I had a meeting with about 90 dadas to discuss the future of their youth.’
    1. 1.1 A respectful form of address for an older male.
      ‘Ram dada is my cousin's friend’
      • ‘After Channu dada's request, the Sanghatana filed a complaint with the collector in September 2002, demanding the release of his sons.’

Origin

From Hindi dādā.

Pronunciation

dada

/ˈdädä//ˈdɑdɑ/

Main definitions of dada in English

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Dada3

noun

  • An early-20th-century international movement in art, literature, music, and film, repudiating and mocking artistic and social conventions and emphasizing the illogical and absurd.

    • ‘Burger used the term avant-garde only in reference to Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism.’
    • ‘I would have to say that the movements of Dada and Surrealism have had a positive influence on me.’
    • ‘Here are jumbled together manifestos from the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Dada, the Suprematists and the Futurists.’
    • ‘The cult of artistic and existential evasion in Dada and surrealism made suicide a leitmotif of literary life in inter-war France.’
    • ‘Hopkins is concerned with the legacy of the late Dada which flowered in New York in the 1920s and in particular with the work of Duchamp, Picabia and Man Ray.’
    • ‘Paolozzi, born in 1924, had even gone to Paris in the 1940s to study Dada and Surrealism at the source.’
    • ‘Amid the derangements of Dada and abstract expressionism she reverted to tradition.’
    • ‘Collage has been used in many major art movements, for example Dada, Surrealism, and Pop art.’
    • ‘The spirit of Dada and the other avant-garde art movements was forged in the trenches of World War One.’
    • ‘Strains of both Dada and Duchamp course through these found objects rendered into found poems.’
    • ‘He describes his transition from Dada to surrealism as a compromise.’
    • ‘The ideologues of Futurism, Dada and Constructivism realised the potential for making works of outrage by collaging existing imagery.’
    • ‘Pieces in the show referenced Conceptualism, performance, Dada, realism and abstraction.’
    • ‘The reader would never guess from this textbook that di Chirico exerted a huge influence on Dada, Surrealism and popular culture.’
    • ‘Does Brancusi come closer to the spiritualism of the Shaker society or to the witticism of Duchamp and Dada?’
    • ‘From the earliest days of Dada, Duchamp's iconoclastic vision had been at the forefront of the avant-garde.’
    • ‘Members were united by their interest in Marcel Duchamp, Dada and the role of chance in art.’
    • ‘After a few years, Dada was replaced by the dreamlike ideas of Surrealism, which continues to the present day.’
    • ‘The time has come to think beyond the divides of Pop and Minimalism, of Dada and abstraction, and of avant-garde and modernism.’

Origin

French, literally ‘hobby horse’, the title of a review published in Zurich in 1916.

Pronunciation

Dada

/ˈdɑdɑ//ˈdädä/