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Dada (ˈdɑːdɑː Pronunciation for Dada or Dadaism (ˈdɑːdɑːˌɪzəm Pronunciation for Dadaism



  1. a nihilistic artistic movement of the early 20th century in W Europe and the US, founded on principles of irrationality, incongruity, and irreverence towards accepted aesthetic criteria

Derived Forms

ˈDadaist noun, adjective
ˌDadaˈistic adjective
ˌDadaˈistically adverb

Word Origin

C20: from French, from a children's word for hobbyhorse, the name being arbitrarily chosen

Example Sentences Including 'Dada'

"I ride very little on the buses," says Aviva Dada , a fashionably dressed woman loaded down with shopping bags.
Globe and Mail (2003)
All I had to do was be the right person, the expected, awaited, beloved Dada.
Gee, Maggie Lost Children
But her work is also right next to the Royal Academy's re-creation of a Parisian pissoir in which its Dada pieces are wittily displayed.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Dada wasn't talking so it was up to the two of us, my mother and myself.
Business Today (1999)
He has a huge appetite, can say "Mama" and " Dada ", can stand up and can take his bib off after he has finished feeding.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Idi Amin Dada , the former Ugandan president and one of Africa's most notorious dictators, is in a coma at a Saudi Arabian hospital.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Its founder was Simon Guttman, a Hungarian Jew and one of a group of intellectuals who had started the German Dada movement.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
Looking forward so much to seeing you for LC on Thursday the 8th, Much love from Dada.
Louise Carpenter AN UNLIKELY COUNTESS: Lily Budge and the 13th Earl of Galloway (2004)


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