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ArabicEdit

 
بَاب

EtymologyEdit

Usually considered a borrowing from Aramaic בָּבָא(bāḇā, gate), from Akkadian 𒆍 (bābum [KA2], gate), particularly since the Arabs, living in tents, did not need doors. However, Hans Bauer considers all of these words native, explaining the formation as an ancient univerbation of etyma equivalent to Arabic بَاءَ(bāʾa) بِ(bi) “he has entered into (the house)”.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /baːb/
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NounEdit

بَاب (bābm (plural أَبْوَاب(ʾabwāb) or بِيبَان(bībān))

  1. door, gate
  2. opening, gateway
  3. entrance
  4. opportunity, a chance, opening
  5. military tactic, maneuver, an opening to use a strategy
  6. chapter, section, column
  7. group, class, category
  8. (astronomy) appearance of an astronomical body, a juncture, an opening to observe
  9. (figuratively) domain, field

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DescendantsEdit

  • Middle Armenian: պապ (pap), բաբ (bab)

ReferencesEdit

  • Bauer, Hans (1935), “Etymologica II”, in Zeitschrift für Semitistik und verwandte Gebiete (in German), volume 10, page 165
  • Fraenkel, Siegmund (1886) Die aramäischen Fremdwörter im Arabischen (in German), Leiden: E. J. Brill, page 14
  • Freytag, Georg (1830), “باب”, in Lexicon arabico-latinum praesertim ex Djeuharii Firuzabadiique et aliorum Arabum operibus adhibitis Golii quoque et aliorum libris confectum, volume 1, Halle: C. A. Schwetschke, page 170
  • Jeffery, Arthur (1938) The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qurʾān (Gaekwad’s Oriental Series; 79), Baroda: Oriental Institute, page 74
  • Steingass, Francis Joseph (1884), “باب”, in The Student's Arabic–English Dictionary, London: W.H. Allen, page 101
  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “باب”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, →ISBN
  • Zimmern, Heinrich (1915) Akkadische Fremdwörter als Beweis für babylonischen Kultureinfluss (in German), Leipzig: A. Edelmann, page 30

Egyptian ArabicEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

باب (bābm (plural بيبان(bibā́n))

  1. door (portal of entry into a building or room)

PersianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

AdjectiveEdit

باب (bâb)

  1. appropriate

Etymology 2Edit

From Arabic بَاب(bāb).

NounEdit

Dari Persian باب
Iranian Persian
Tajik боб (bob)

باب (bâb) (plural باب‌ها(bâb-hâ))

  1. door
  2. gate
  3. chapter

Proper nounEdit

باب (bâb)

  1. the Báb
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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

باب (bâb)

  1. (archaic) father

Etymology 4Edit

Borrowed from English Bob.

Proper nounEdit

باب (bâb)

  1. A male given name, Bob.
    باب اسفنجی‎ ― bâb esfanjiSpongeBob
    باب دیلن‎ ― bâb dilenBob Dylan