[fah-th er-lee] /ˈfɑ ðər li/
of, like, or befitting a .
Obsolete. in the manner of a .
of, resembling, or suitable to a father
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
noun, Psychology. 1. a male who replaces an absent father and becomes an object of attachment.