There are 2 definitions of baba in English:

baba1

Syllabification: ba·ba
Pronunciation: /ˈbäˌbä
 
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(also baba au rhum /ō ˈrəm/)

noun

  • A small rich sponge cake, typically soaked in rum-flavored syrup.
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    • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: via French from Polish, literally 'married peasant woman'.

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There are 2 definitions of baba in English:

baba2

Syllabification: ba·ba
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈbäˌbä/

noun

Indian informal
  • 1Father (often as a proper name or as a familiar form of address).
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    • Asked who this man was, the child mumbled proudly ‘Amaar baba (my father).’
    • When face-to-face, he would just call him baba (father).
    • She answered her father fearlessly: ‘Baba Saheb, you still wish to be revenged’.
  • 1.1A respectful form of address for an older man: “Sit down, baba, you like tea?”
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    • Sit down, baba, you like tea?
    • Note that baba, on its own, can independently refer to an old wise man.
  • 1.2 (often Baba) A holy man (often as a proper name or form of address).
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    • 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.
  • 2A child, especially a male one (often in names or as an affectionate form of address).
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    • The babas (girls and boys) are barely three or four years old.
    • But officially sanctioned ‘dating’ and sexual intimacy - na baba na.

Origin

from Hindi bābā.

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