- a female day name for Thursday.See under day name.
noun (sometimes lowercase)
- 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 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).
- Ferhat. 1899–1985, Algerian nationalist leader: joined the National Liberation Front (1956); president of the provisional government of the Algerian republic (1958–61)
- 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
- Western African a name indicating a person’s day of birth
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.”