a title of reverence for bishops and patriarchs in the Coptic, Ethiopian Christian, and Syriac churches.
New Testament. an Aramaic word for father, used by Jesus and Paul to address God in a relation of personal intimacy.
a female day name for Thursday.
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a coarse, felted fabric woven of camel’s or goat’s hair.
a loose, sleeveless outer garment made of this fabric or of silk, worn by Arabs.
(formerly, especially in creole-speaking cultures) a name given at birth to a black child, in accordance with African customs, indicating the child’s sex and the day of the week on which he or she was born, as the male and female names for Sunday (Quashee and Quasheba) Monday (Cudjo or Cudjoe and Juba) Tuesday (Cubbena and Beneba) Wednesday (Quaco and Cuba or Cubba) Thursday (Quao and Abba) Friday (Cuffee or Cuffy and Pheba or Phibbi) and Saturday (Quamin or Quame and Mimba)
Contemporary Examples

Why did abbas not come back immediately with a counter-proposal?
What Commentary Gets Wrong About Olmert-Abbas Negotiations Bernard Avishai May 27, 2013

abbas had long sought American recognition of the 1967 border as the basis for a peace agreement.
Obama’s Calculated Middle East Game: Can He Bring Peace? Dan Ephron May 19, 2011

abbas displayed total impotence during the conflict; more, he was pushed completely to the side.
Winners And Losers Brent E. Sasley November 20, 2012

Like Netanyahu, abbas finds faces no strong political challengers.
Strong and Stronger Hussein Ibish June 7, 2012

abbas’ Fatah party had been battling with Hamas since the latter seized power in the Gaza Strip four years ago.
Israel Opens Fire on Nakba Day Rioters Dan Ephron May 14, 2011

Historical Examples

He asserted that the abbasids were the real heirs of the Prophet, as the descendants of his oldest uncle abbas.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1 Various

In the Persian tongue, abbas signifieth “the father of the people.”
The Poetical Works of William Collins William Collins

abbas, assisted by his sons, Al-Fadl and Qutham, turned the venerated body over.
The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet

There was no change whatever in the situation of abbas Khan and Zra.
A Noble Queen, Vol. 3 (of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor

After a few minutes abbas Khan with five Persians rode forward.
Our Little Persian Cousin E. Cutler Shedd

Ferhat. 1899–1985, Algerian nationalist leader: joined the National Liberation Front (1956); president of the provisional government of the Algerian republic (1958–61)
(W African) a name indicating a person’s day of birth
a type of cloth from Syria, made of goat hair or camel hair
a sleeveless outer garment of such cloth
(in Britain) Amateur Boxing Association
American Booksellers Association
Swedish pop group (1972–82): comprised Benny Andersson (born 1946), Agnetha Faltskog (born 1950), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (born 1945), and Bjorn Ulvaeus (born 1945); numerous hit singles included “Waterloo” (1974), “Dancing Queen” (1977), and “The Winner Takes It All” (1980)
(New Testament) father (used of God)
a title given to bishops and patriarchs in the Syrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian Churches

Swedish pop music group formed 1972, the name dates from 1973 and is an acronym from the first names of the four band members: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog.

title of honor, from Latin abba, from Greek abba, from Aramaic abba “the father, my father,” emphatic of abh “father.”
abscisic acid
American Badminton Association
American Bankers Association
American Bar Association
American Basketball Association
American Booksellers Association

This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated “father.” It is a term expressing warm affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language. It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, “abbot.”


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