Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3

pa1

noun

informal
  • Father.

    as name ‘Pa is busy on the telephone’
    ‘my pa was no farmer’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were almost finished laying the irrigation for the "garden," as my Pa called it - it was actually 2 acres.’
    • ‘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.’
    male parent, begetter, patriarch, paterfamilias
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Origin

Early 19th century: abbreviation of papa.

Pronunciation

pa

/pɑ//pä/

Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3

Pa2

  • 1Pascal; pascals.

  • 2Pennsylvania.

  • The chemical element protactinium.

Main definitions of pa in English

: pa1Pa2PA3

PA3

  • 1Pennsylvania (in official postal use)

  • 2Press Association.

  • 3Public address.

Pronunciation

PA

/ˌpē ˈā//ˌpi ˈeɪ/