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

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Examples of papa in a Sentence

Noun a proud papa of newborn twins
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To keep the mama and papa safe, the library staff has temporarily installed signage with safety tape and cones around the area. John Benson, cleveland, "Nesting Canada geese causing quite the stir at Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma Branch," 1 Apr. 2021 The Cascade Loop is the papa bear byway to three baby bear byways: the Stevens Pass Greenway, the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way and the North Cascades Scenic Byway. Washington Post, "Just in time for summer: 49 new National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads," 16 Apr. 2021 Enter the heavily tattooed, vagabond Teddy Prescott, the youngest son of the retirement home’s new owner, who roars in on a motorcycle ready to prove his worth to papa by working the grounds. Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, "Rom-com reading: The best new books that made us laugh, swoon and root for love," 13 Mar. 2021 Proud papa Jack Brooksbank was there for the delivery, and Buckingham Palace recently confirmed that both mother and baby are doing well. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Privately Congratulate Princess Eugenie on the Birth of Her Son," 9 Feb. 2021 Strain the papa seca and add along with the chicken stock, leaving it to simmer for an hour over a low heat without the lid, stirring every 5 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Porotos Ganados, Moqueca Bahaina, Carapulcra and more: Stews full of comfort from South America," 14 Jan. 2021 Proud papa Iman made the announcement on his Instagram page, confirming that their second daughter was birthed at home in their bathroom just like her big sister Junie, 5. Charli Penn, Essence, "The Celebrity Mamas Who Gave Birth In 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley must be one proud papa after watching recent Sooners QBs Hurts and Kyler Murray notch wins Sunday. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season," 14 Dec. 2020 Fortune legal writer Jeff Roberts here filling in for Jonathan, who is a proud new papa. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How AI is changing the legal profession," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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15 May 2021

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“Papa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of papa

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


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