(also baba au rhumō ˈrəm)
A small rich sponge cake, typically soaked in rum-flavored syrup.
- The rich, light, delicate yeast cake, made from flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, is related to brioche, baba, and savarin.
- Well, a rum baba and a treacle tart were atypically heavy.
- Bring soaking liquor to the boil and drop the babas in, rolling them to soak all over and become bloated.
Early 19th century: via French from Polish, literally 'married peasant woman'.
1.2 (often Baba) A holy man (often as a proper name or form of address).
- I am told he is a mauna baba (a holy man who has taken a vow of silence).
- It was a framed picture of Shirdi Sai baba with his hand raised in blessing, lean and austere, with a white cloth tied around his head and a trimmed white beard.
- Pray to Sun God and Sri Raghavendra or Shirdi baba on Thursdays.
From Hindi bābā.
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