B b


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bah-buh; French ba-ba]
    • /ˈbɑ bə; French baˈba/
    • /ˈbæ.bə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bah-buh; French ba-ba]
    • /ˈbɑ bə; French baˈba/

Definitions of baba word

  • noun baba a small cake of leavened dough, sometimes mixed with currants and usually soaked in rum (rum baba) 3
  • noun plural baba a spongelike cake leavened with yeast and often containing raisins, baked in a small mold and then usually soaked with a rum syrup. 1
  • noun baba A small rich sponge cake, typically soaked in rum-flavored syrup. 1
  • noun baba A kind of sponge cake soaked in rum-flavoured syrup. 0
  • noun baba (esp. among people of East European ancestry) A grandmother. 0
  • noun baba An old woman, especially a traditional old woman from an eastern European culture. 0

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Origin of baba

First appearance:

before 1820
One of the 38% newest English words
1820-30; < French < Polish: literally, old woman, peasant woman; the cake was introduced into France by the court of the exiled Polish king Stanislaus I

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Parts of speech for Baba


baba popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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