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foster father

a man who takes the place of a father in raising a child.
Origin of foster father
before 900; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The commander is the foster father of the men in his organization.

    The Armed Forces Officer

    U. S. Department of Defense
  • He was the real father of our country; Washington was its foster father.

  • Violently reproached by her foster father, Hjrdis responds in kind.


    James Huneker
  • His first reflection was on the fidelity of the foster father.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • Her foster father, he had been the only parent she had ever known.

    Quest of the Golden Ape Ivar Jorgensen
  • You are the daughter of Lopez, the daughter of my foster father!'

    The Worlds Greatest Books Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • Let me send for Edric Streone, my foster father, and we will take counsel with him.

    King Olaf's Kinsman Charles Whistler
  • In spite of his warning—or perhaps solely because of it—the fears of my foster father were realized.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • You remember the paper that I burned at dawn which my foster father had dropped from his fingers, stiffening in death.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • The Sylvans were the children of the foster father of God Bacchus, who accompanied the latter in all his travels.

British Dictionary definitions for foster father

foster father

a man who looks after or brings up a child or children as a father, in place of the natural or adoptive father
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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