Main definitions of baba in English

: baba1baba2

baba1

(also baba au rhum)

noun

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

    • ‘Bring soaking liquor to the boil and drop the babas in, rolling them to soak all over and become bloated.’
    • ‘Well, a rum baba and a treacle tart were atypically heavy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rich, light, delicate yeast cake, made from flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, is related to brioche, baba, and savarin.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

baba

/ˈbäˌbä//ˈbɑˌbɑ/

Main definitions of baba in English

: baba1baba2

baba2

noun

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

    • ‘She answered her father fearlessly: ‘Baba Saheb, you still wish to be revenged’.’
    • ‘When face-to-face, he would just call him baba (father).’
    • ‘Asked who this man was, the child mumbled proudly ‘Amaar baba (my father).’’
    1. 1.1 A respectful form of address for an older man.
      ‘“Sit down, baba, you like tea?”’
      • ‘Sit down, baba, you like tea?’
      • ‘Note that baba, on its own, can independently refer to an old wise man.’
    2. 1.2 A holy man (often as a proper name or form of address)
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the one-armed baba and other members of the militant ascetic Juna Akhara sect are big fans of the Ram temple.’
      • ‘Look at the number of swamis, yogis, babas and even mendicants who have made a fortune in the western world, especially in America.’
      • ‘My father later explained that it was about this Baba (holy man) who would supposedly materialize objects from thin air.’
      • ‘Pray to Sun God and Sri Raghavendra or Shirdi baba on Thursdays.’
      • ‘I am told he is a mauna baba (a holy man who has taken a vow of silence).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ghani's life takes a turn when he falls in love with a medico, Indu, living in an ashram there, run by a baba.’
      • ‘In due time Baba's holy body was placed and preserved in the central shrine.’
  • 2A child, especially a male one (often in names or as an affectionate form of address)

    • ‘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

/ˈbäˌbä//ˈbɑˌbɑ/