The chemical element protactinium.
1Pennsylvania (in official postal use)
Father.‘my pa was no farmer’[as name] ‘Pa is busy on the telephone’
male parent, begetter, patriarch, paterfamiliasView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We were almost finished laying the irrigation for the "garden," as my Pa called it - it was actually 2 acres.’
Early 19th century: abbreviation of papa.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.