ba·​ba | \ˈbä-(ˌ)bä, -bə\

Definition of baba 

: a rich cake soaked in a rum and sugar syrup

called also baba au rhum\ˈbä-​(ˌ)bä-​ō-​ˈrəm, -​bə\

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To accompany the salad: baba ganoush, a smoky dip made with charred eggplant. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 Kiyoshi Ota—Bloomberg/Getty Images SenseTime Group has raised $620 million at a valuation of more than $4.5 billion just months after scoring a similar amount from investors led by Alibaba (baba, +0.01%) and Singapore’s state investment firm. Fortune, "The World's Biggest AI Startup Raises $1.2 Billion in Mere Months," 31 May 2018 Purée cooked eggplant to make a classic baba ghanouj, tapenade or other dip. Noelle Carter,, "Lasagna, moussaka, dips and more great ideas for eggplant, now in season," 29 June 2018 Offerings range from dishes familiar to Americans — grape leaves, baba ganoush, lamb and chicken kebob wraps — to a variations of traditional dishes such as hawawshi and fateer., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 The fast-casual chain serves $8-$10 wraps and platters stuffed with meat prepared according to Islamic law along with sides like hummus, baba ghanouj and baklava. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Fast-casual Halal restaurant to open Friday in Davis ahead of midtown store's kickoff | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 SenseTime Group has raised $600 million from Alibaba Group Holding (baba, -2.89%) and other investors at a valuation of more than $3 billion, becoming the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence startup. Fortune, "This Chinese Facial Recognition Surveillance Company Is Now the World’s Most Valuable AI Startup," 9 Apr. 2018 On the menu: Hummus; smoked baba ghanouj; gyro wrap; falafel platter; chicken shawarma platter; kushari mint tea; hibiscus rose water tea. Todd A. Price,, "At new St. Roch Market stall, Cairo native serves up Egyptian culture," 6 Apr. 2018 Snack on the mezze platter ($8.99) with favorites such as hummus and baba ganoush, or go for something heftier such as the gnocci bolognese ($13.99). Lauren Delgado,, "Take in dinner and a view at these Orlando-area restaurants," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of baba

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baba

French, from Polish, literally, old woman

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