Definition of Dada in English:



  • 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.

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


French, literally hobbyhorse the title of a review that appeared in Zurich in 1916.

Definition of dada in English:



  • One's father.

    • ‘The truth is that my dada is jealous of my fiancé because I'm his only girl and we were so close.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I love my dada and completely adore his eccentric ways.’
    • ‘My dada said that my mom left us too for doing groceries, when we were in bed, but my mom denied that.’
    • ‘Young William loved these outings, so proud to be seen with his Dada.’


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