pa Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “pa” in the English Dictionary

"pa" in British English

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panoun [C]

uk   us   /pɑː/ informal old-fashioned
a ​father: I ​miss my pa. [as form of address] Thanks, Pa.


uk   us   /ˌpiːˈeɪ/
abbreviation forperannum (= each ​year): a ​salary of $120,000 p.a.


uk   us   /ˌpiːˈeɪ/

PA noun (JOB)

[C] UK abbreviation forpersonalassistant: someone whose ​job is ​helping someone in a ​higherposition, ​especially by writing ​letters, ​arrangingmeetings, and making ​phonecalls: Chris ​works as a PA to the ​chiefexecutiveofficer. US [C] UK abbreviation for physician assistant


[C usually singular] (also PA system) abbreviation for public address system (= ​equipment for making ​sound, ​especially someone's ​voice, ​louder in a ​publicplace): They've just ​announced on the PA that ​our flight's been ​delayed.


[C] specialized medical abbreviation forpulmonaryartery (= the ​artery that ​carries dexogygenated ​blood from the ​heart to the ​lungs)


written abbreviation for the US ​state of Pennsylvania: used in ​addresses
(Definition of pa from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pa" in American English

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panoun [C]

 us   /, / infml
father: Do you ​know where pa went?

Panoun [C]

physics abbreviation forpascal
(Definition of pa from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"PA" in Business English

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PAnoun [C]

uk   us  
WORKPLACE abbreviation for personalassistant: someone whose ​job is helping someone in a ​higherposition, especially by writing ​letters, ​arrangingmeetings, and making ​phonecalls: PA to sb She is PA to the ​director of the ​organization.
COMMUNICATIONS abbreviation for publicaddresssystem: a ​system used to make announcements or ​play music in ​publicplaces


(also pa) uk   us  
→  per annum : The ​illustrationassumesinvestmentgrowth of just 1% p.a. after ​inflation and ​charges.
(Definition of PA from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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