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pa·​pa ˈpä-pə How to pronounce papa (audio)
 chiefly British  pə-ˈpä
variants or less commonly poppa
: father


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communications code word

Pa·​pa pə-ˈpä How to pronounce Papa (audio)
used as a code word for the letter p

Examples of papa in a Sentence

Noun a proud papa of newborn twins
Recent Examples on the Web
Baby Phoenix and his papa also matched that costume and dressed up as their own version of a mushroom. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 The proud papa shared two images of the newborn — the first being her tiny hand grasping his thumb and the second being her little foot. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 On a table next to the comal sat almost a dozen different guisados—which included tinga de res o de pollo, huitlacoche, chorizo con papas, nopales, hongos, quelites, chicharrón prensado, longaniza, flor de calabaza y papas—and two salsas to choose from. Marco Torres, Chron, 16 Feb. 2023 Brigham’s brood Brigham Young made the Sky History channel’s recent list of most prolific papas. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 Or for more savory bites, order the tamales, huevos rancheros or some chorizo con papas. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 According to Martinez, the Pan Con Queso concept started with a chorizo con papas pizza made on a whim for a farm dinner in 2015. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2023 Chorizo con papas is also the traditional filling for the Mexican sandwich called pambazos — a sandwich from Veracruz. Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2023 The fact that Duffy’s papa and Principal’s papa are the worst of enemies sets the stage for what follows — fascinating, juicy nonsense on the level of the $1.25 supermarket paperback. Richard Hack, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History



French (baby talk)

First Known Use


1677, in the meaning defined above

Communications Code Word

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of papa was in 1677

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“Papa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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pa·​pa ˈpäp-ə How to pronounce papa (audio)

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