What Does PBP Mean?

PBP means "Paris-Brest-Paris" or "Please Be Patient."


In the context of sport cycling, the abbreviation PBP is used with the meaning "Paris-Brest-Paris" to refer to an amateur road-cycling race between the two French cities, which is held in August, every four years. The 1200-kilometer PBP is a gruelling test of human endurance and cycling ability. First run in 1891, it is the oldest bicycling event still run on a regular basis on the open road. Beginning on the southern side of the French capital, it travels west 600 kilometres to the port city of Brest on the Atlantic Ocean and then back again.

Please Be Patient

The abbreviation PBP is also used as a polite request for someone to wait quietly.

In 2017, a Photoshop meme featuring pictures of various people, characters and objects superimposed with a blue hat embroidered with the phrase "Please be patient I Have Autism" on the front went viral.

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for PBP

PBP means "Paris-Brest-Paris." This is the most common definition for PBP in cycling.
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:

Second Definition for PBP

PBP means "Please Be Patient." This is the most common definition for PBP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
Definition:Please Be Patient
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Image for PBP

When I write PBP, I mean this:

meaning of PBP
PBP also means "Paris-Brest-Paris."


Examples of PBP in Sentences

Here are examples of PBP being used in conversations:
  • Simon: What races are you going to do this year?
  • Michelle: I've been training for PBP for the last four years.
  • (Here, PBP means "Paris-Brest-Paris.")
  • Daughter: When can I start driving lessons?
  • Mother: PBP. After all, you are only nine years old.
  • (Here, PBP means "Please Be Patient.")

An Academic Look at PBP

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Pee Bee Pee"), PBP is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Please Be Patient" instead of using the abbreviation PBP.

The use of PBP to refer to the "Paris-Brest-Paris" cycle race long predates the digital era.

Example of PBP Used in a Text


See Also

See our list of accented-letter symbols CDP (Calm Down Please) BQ (Be Quiet) PBQ (Please Be Quiet)