variants or amba
plural -s
: father
used as a title of a Coptic clergyman or saint

Word History


Arabic, from Coptic apa, abba, from Syriac abbā father

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anba was in 1835

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near anba

Cite this Entry

“Anba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!