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city father

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noun
  1. any of the officials or prominent citizens of a city.
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Origin of city father

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for city father

Historical Examples

  • "We are turning into a city-father," he once said, trying to be the first to laugh.

    Cousin Pons

    Honore de Balzac


British Dictionary definitions for city father

city father

noun
  1. a person who is active or prominent in the public affairs of a city, such as an alderman
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