\ˈpä, ˈpȯ \

Definition of pa 

(Entry 1 of 5)

: father

Pa

abbreviation (1)

Definition of Pa (Entry 2 of 5)

1 pascal

2 Pennsylvania

Pa

symbol

Definition of Pa (Entry 3 of 5)

protactinium

\(ˌ)pē-ˈā \

Definition of PA (Entry 4 of 5)

PA

abbreviation (2)

Definition of PA (Entry 5 of 5)

1 Pennsylvania

2 chiefly British per annum

3 personal assistant

4 power amplifier

5 power of attorney

6 press agent

7 professional association

8 public address

9 purchasing agent

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Synonyms for pa

Synonyms: Noun (1)

dad, daddy, father, old man, papa (also poppa), pop, sire

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Examples of pa in a Sentence

Noun (1)

Pa, can I go out? I cherish my memories of the times that I went fishing with my pa.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bama is the corporate behemoth out to destroy your college football ma-and-pa shops. Lorenzo Arguello, SI.com, "College Football Playoff Rankings Preview: Three Questions About the First Top Four," 31 Oct. 2017 Square takes a predictable cut of every transaction its ma-and-pa merchant customers make. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Square’s Overlooked Success," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pa

Noun (1)

circa 1629, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pa

Noun (1)

short for papa

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P'yǒngyang

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pa'anga

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pa

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person's father

PA

noun

English Language Learners Definition of PA (Entry 2 of 2)

: a machine with a microphone and speakers used for making announcements in a public place

pa

noun
\ˈpä, ˈpȯ\

Kids Definition of pa

Pa., PA

abbreviation

Kids Definition of Pa.

Pennsylvania

Pa

symbol

Medical Definition of Pa 

(Entry 1 of 3)

protactinium

PA

noun
\ˌpē-ˈā \

Medical Definition of PA (Entry 2 of 3)

Medical Definition of PA (Entry 3 of 3)

pernicious anemia

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