[per; English pair] /pɛr; English pɛər/

noun, plural pères
[per; English pairz] /pɛr; English pɛərz/ (Show IPA). French.
Dumas père.
/pɛr; English pɛə/
an addition to a French surname to specify the father rather than the son of the same name: Dumas père Compare fils1

1610s, “a French priest,” from French père “father,” from Latin patrem (nominative pater); see father (n.). Attached to a name, to distinguish father from son of the same name, from 1802.


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