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dada1

Syllabification: da·da
Pronunciation: /ˈdada, -də
 
/

noun

informal
One’s father.
Example sentences
  • My dada said that my mom left us too for doing groceries, when we were in bed, but my mom denied that.
  • I love my dada and completely adore his eccentric ways.
  • Young William loved these outings, so proud to be seen with his Dada.

Origin

late 17th century: perhaps imitative of a young child's first syllables (see dad).

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dada2

Line breaks: dada
Pronunciation: /ˈdɑːdɑː/

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noun

Indian
1An older brother or male cousin: Dada went to see off his father-in-law
1.1A respectful form of address for an older male: Ram dada is my cousin’s friend

Origin

from Hindi dādā.

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Syllabification: Da·da
Pronunciation: /ˈdädä
 
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noun

An early-20th-century international movement in art, literature, music, and film, repudiating and mocking artistic and social conventions and emphasizing the illogical and absurd.

Dada was launched in Zurich in 1916 by Tristan Tzara and others, soon merging with a similar group in New York. It favored montage, collage, and the ready-made. Leading figures: Jean Arp, André Breton, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp

Example sentences
  • Collage has been used in many major art movements, for example Dada, Surrealism, and Pop art.
  • Here are jumbled together manifestos from the Bauhaus, Surrealism, Dada, the Suprematists and the Futurists.
  • Members were united by their interest in Marcel Duchamp, Dada and the role of chance in art.

Origin

French, literally 'hobbyhorse', the title of a review that appeared in Zurich in 1916.

Derivatives

Dadaism

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • He arrived in Berlin in 1920, where he was influenced by Dadaism, Suprematism, and particularly Constructivism.
  • Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurist performance activities seem to have shared a similar spirit of exploration, of breaking down boundaries, of looking to process instead of product.
  • Abstract Expressionists also borrowed ideas from other modern art ‘isms’ such as Dadaism and Surrealism.

Dadaist

2
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • The use of food as an artist material, for example, dates from the beginning of the 20th century, when Dadaists, Surrealists and Futurists first began experimenting with food as a medium, be it chocolate, bread, sausage or candy.
  • While living in Paris, Dali joined forces with a group of artists who called themselves the surrealists, then led by former Dadaist André Breton.
  • Like the kindred Surrealists and Dadaists before him, Spoerri favored activities that enhanced the role of chance in his art works.

Dadaistic

3
Pronunciation: /ˌdädäˈistik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Ideally, Kropf would like Dali to be remembered for his early Dadaistic printing innovations.
  • I've become more than a little addicted to my Lomo-LCA, a Russian built camera which encourages a kind of Dadaistic way of taking pictures.

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