[fah-th er-lis] /ˈfɑ ðər lɪs/
not having a living father:
a fatherless boy.
not having a known or legally responsible father.
having no father
Old English fæderleas; see father (n.) + -less.
[fah-th er-lee] /ˈfɑ ðər li/ adjective 1. of, like, or befitting a . adverb 2. Obsolete. in the manner of a . /ˈfɑːðəlɪ/ adjective 1. of, resembling, or suitable to a father adj. Old English fæderlic; see from father (n.) + -ly (1).
- Father of his country
A title given to George Washington in recognition of his military leadership in the Revolutionary War and his service as first president under the Constitution.
- Father of the chapel
noun 1. (in British trade unions in the publishing and printing industries) a shop steward FoC
- Father of the house
noun 1. (in Britain) the longest-serving member of the House of Commons