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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. 2017.
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  • “It would be immoral,” observed padre Irene, more indignant even than his Excellency.

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • It must have been past noon when the padre came to us again.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • First he bolted with the padre half-way from Mazingarbe to Labourse, when he finally pulled him up and dismounted.

  • It was not until the rain-clouds had all passed by that the padre chose to embark.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • All this padre Vicente heard, all this and much of it was comprehended by him.

    The Flute of the Gods 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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