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[pah-drey, -dree; Spanish pah-th re; Italian pah-dre] /ˈpɑ dreɪ, -dri; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛ; Italian ˈpɑ drɛ/
noun, plural padres
[pah-dreyz, -dreez; Spanish pah-th res] /ˈpɑ dreɪz, -driz; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛs/ (Show IPA),
[Italian pah-dree] /Italian ˈpɑ dri/ (Show IPA)
father (used especially in addressing or referring to a priest or member of the clergy).
a chaplain in military or naval service.
Origin of padre
1575-85; < Spanish, Portuguese, Italian: father < Latin pater Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for padre
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  • Whereupon Khalid rises and sits on the divan near the padre.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • By the way, I was about to ask you and the padre to dine with me and Don Ignaçio there.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • But I raised the beam, my padre, the moment you made the signal.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • padre Andreas closed his eyes a moment and arose, but did not answer.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • “A man does not go in the dark to look for a trail,” said padre Andreas meaningly.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for padre


noun (informal) (sometimes capital)
father: used to address or refer to a clergyman, esp a priest
a chaplain to the armed forces
Word Origin
via Spanish or Italian from Latin pater father
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for padre

"priest, chaplain," 1580s, from Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese padre, from Latin patrem (nominative pater) "father" (see father (n.)). The title of the regular clergy in those languages. Papar was the name the Norse gave to Irish monks whom they found in Iceland when they arrived.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for padre



Any military chaplain

[1898+; fr Spanish or Portuguese, ''father, priest'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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