Main definitions of baba in US English:

: baba1baba2

baba1

(also baba au rhum)

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The rich, light, delicate yeast cake, made from flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, is related to brioche, baba, and savarin.’
    • ‘Best of all, they have imported Italian rum babas soaking in glass jars.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

baba

/ˈbɑˌbɑ//ˈbäˌbä/

Main definitions of baba in US English:

: baba1baba2

baba2

noun

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

    • ‘When face-to-face, he would just call him baba (father).’
    • ‘Asked who this man was, the child mumbled proudly ‘Amaar baba (my father).’’
    • ‘She answered her father fearlessly: ‘Baba Saheb, you still wish to be revenged’.’
    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).
      • ‘Look at the number of swamis, yogis, babas and even mendicants who have made a fortune in the western world, especially in America.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pray to Sun God and Sri Raghavendra or Shirdi baba on Thursdays.’
      • ‘My father later explained that it was about this Baba (holy man) who would supposedly materialize objects from thin air.’
      • ‘I am told he is a mauna baba (a holy man who has taken a vow of silence).’
      • ‘In due time Baba's holy body was placed and preserved in the central shrine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the one-armed baba and other members of the militant ascetic Juna Akhara sect are big fans of the Ram temple.’
  • 2A child, especially a male one (often in names or as an affectionate form of address).

    • ‘The babas (girls and boys) are barely three or four years old.’
    • ‘But officially sanctioned ‘dating’ and sexual intimacy - na baba na.’

Origin

From Urdu bābā.

Pronunciation

baba

/ˈbɑˌbɑ//ˈbäˌbä/