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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Abba  \Ab"ba\  ([a^]b"b[.a]),  n.  [Syriac  abb[=a]  father.  See 
  Father;  religious  superior;  --  in  the  Syriac,  Coptic,  and 
  Ethiopic  churches,  a  title  given  to  the  bishops,  and  by  the 
  bishops  to  the  patriarch. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  This  Syriac  or  Chaldee  word  is  found  three  times  in  the  New 
  Testament  (Mark  14:36;  Rom.  8:15;  Gal.  4:6),  and  in  each  case  is 
  followed  by  its  Greek  equivalent,  which  is  translated  "father." 
  It  is  a  term  expressing  warm  affection  and  filial  confidence.  It 
  has  no  perfect  equivalent  in  our  language.  It  has  passed  into 
  European  languages  as  an  ecclesiastical  term,  "abbot." 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Abba,  father