[fah-th er] /ˈfɑ ðər/
a male parent.
a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father.
any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor.
a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider:
a father to the poor.
a person who has originated or established something:
the father of modern psychology; the founding fathers.
a precursor, prototype, or early form:
The horseless carriage was the father of the modern automobile.
one of the leading men in a city, town, etc.:
a scandal involving several of the city fathers.
Chiefly British. the oldest member of a society, profession, etc.
Compare 1 (def 3).
(initial capital letter) Theology. the Supreme Being and Creator; God.
a title of respect for an elderly man.
the Father, Theology. the first person of the Trinity.
Also called church father. Church History. any of the chief early Christian writers, whose works are the main sources for the history, doctrines, and observances of the church in the early ages.
fathers, Roman History. .
verb (used with object)
to be the creator, founder, or author of; originate.
to act as a father toward.
to acknowledge oneself the father of.
to assume as one’s own; take the responsibility of.
to charge with the begetting of.
verb (used without object)
to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally:
Somehow he was able to write a book while actively fathering.
a male parent
a person who founds a line or family; forefather
any male acting in a paternal capacity related adjective paternal
(often capital) a respectful term of address for an old man
a male who originates something: the father of modern psychology
a leader of an association, council, etc; elder: a city father
(Brit) the eldest or most senior member in a society, profession, etc: father of the bar
(often pl) a senator or patrician in ancient Rome
(informal) the father of, a very large, severe, etc, example of a specified kind: the father of a whipping
to procreate or generate (offspring); beget
to create, found, originate, etc
to act as a father to
to acknowledge oneself as father or originator of
foll by on or upon. to impose or place without a just reason
God, esp when considered as the first person of the Christian Trinity
Also called Church Father. any of the writers on Christian doctrine of the pre-Scholastic period
a title used for Christian priests
Old English fæder “father, male ancestor,” from Proto-Germanic *fader (cf. Old Saxon fadar, Old Frisian feder, Dutch vader, Old Norse faðir, Old High German fater, German vater), from PIE *pəter (cf. Sanskrit pitar-, Greek pater, Latin pater, Old Persian pita, Old Irish athir “father”), presumably from baby-speak sound like pa.
The classic example of Grimm’s Law, where PIE “p-” becomes Germanic “f-.” Spelling with -th- (15c.) reflects widespread phonetic shift in Middle English that turned -der to -ther in many words; spelling caught up to pronunciation in 1500s (cf. burden, murder).
c.1400, from father (n.). Related: Fathered; fathering.
a name applied (1) to any ancestor (Deut. 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11; Matt. 3:9; 23:30, etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judg. 17:10; 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:12; 2 Kings 2:12; Matt. 23:9, etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:20, 21; comp. Job 38:28). Applied to God (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 32:6; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:27, 28, etc.). (1.) As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews (Jer. 31:9; Isa. 63:16; 64:8; John 8:41, etc.). (2.) Believers are called God’s “sons” (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Matt. 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29). They also call him “Father” (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:4)
see: like father, like son
noun, British. 1. . noun 1. another name for Santa Claus
noun, Ecclesiastical. 1. (def 2). noun 1. (Christianity) a priest who hears confessions and advises on religious or moral matters 2. any person to whom one tells private matters
[fah-th er] /ˈfɑ ðər/ noun 1. a male parent. 2. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. 3. any male ancestor, especially the founder of a family or line; progenitor. 4. a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor. 5. a person who has originated or […]
noun 1. a man embodying or seeming to embody the qualities of an idealized conception of the male parent, eliciting from others the emotional responses that a child typically has toward its father.