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Alternative Spellings

sabah, sabbah, sabba


  • grandfather

Example Sentences

  • "My saba sits on the board of directors of this organization."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Aramaic



Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)


See also savta, abba, eema, bubbe, zaidie, tate, and mame.

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