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foster father

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noun
  1. a man who takes the place of a father in raising a child.

Origin of foster father

before 900; Middle English; Old English
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Examples from the Web for foster father

Historical Examples

  • The screams of my foster-father, who could not move, brought in some neighbours.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Perfectly right; he is Fanfaro's foster-father, and Fanfaro is your brother.

  • I owe it to my foster-father that I did not die of cold and starvation.

  • So Guthorm and his men came to that house and they told the king's message to the foster-father.

    Viking Tales

    Jennie Hall

  • My King and foster-father asks who taught you the name Haschanascha?


British Dictionary definitions for foster father

foster father

noun
  1. a man who looks after or brings up a child or children as a father, in place of the natural or adoptive father
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