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

Definition of papa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: father


communications code word
Pa·​pa | \ pə-ˈpä How to pronounce Papa (audio) , ˈpä-pə\

Definition of Papa (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter p

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Synonyms for papa

Synonyms: Noun

dad, daddy, father, old man, pa, pater [chiefly British], pop, sire

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Examples of papa in a Sentence


a proud papa of newborn twins

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Aly's brother Brett also got a lesson on ties from papa John. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "13 Things the Final Five Did at the 2016 VMAs," 29 Aug. 2016 Instead, the normally media-averse Prince Harry stepped outside to gush to the reporters, and even answer questions briefly, before the proud papa headed back inside. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Baby Sussex Is About to Have Some Seriously VIP Visitors," 7 May 2019 Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a very proud, fully involved papa. Kara Warner,, "How Jeffrey Dean Morgan Delivered His Newborn Daughter: ‘I Grabbed Her By the Cheeks and Got Her Out’," 19 Apr. 2018 Buddy Bell stood in the back of the room, watching the scene as a proud papa. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Family affair: Rebuilding Reds pick David Bell to lead them," 22 Oct. 2018 The Associated Press said the proud papa picked out the name Nandi from three that were placed on poles stuffed with hay. Fox News, "Name given to North Carolina's baby white rhino," 28 July 2018 Cubans on the Run: As the name suggests, this to-go restaurant serves a variety of Cuban sandwiches along with other Latin handhelds, such as empanadas, papa rellenas and arepas. Michael Candelaria,, "Casselberry Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Maryland staples such as coddies and crab cakes are still popular, but a big draw Tuesday were Latin American specialties like Peruvian papa rellena — potatoes stuffed with meat and then deep fried — or Mexican street corn called elote. Christina Tkacik,, "At Highlandtown carnival, respite for Baltimore's Latino community and concern about immigration policy," 20 June 2018 This was the players' coach, the proud papa, the self-aware ambassador all rolled into one. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Inside Luke Heimlich's senior season with the Oregon State baseball team," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of papa


1677, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for papa


French (baby talk)

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English Language Learners Definition of papa

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : a person's father


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