- 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
Examples from the Web for padri
Be gentle with them, Padri—but I don't think you'll do much.'Soldiers Three
From Badarwar to the summit of the Padri pass, and throughout the descent, clay-slate had been the prevailing rock.Western Himalaya and Tibet
They took the more humble title of brothers and sisters of mankind—frati and suori—instead of that of fathers, padri.
Truly excellent life helped out by the visits of the Padri, just fresh from burying somebody down below there.'Under the Deodars
Mr. Mitra and his family consequently removed to another house of Padri Ahmad Shah about 200 yards distant therefrom.Indian Ghost Stories
- father: used to address or refer to a clergyman, esp a priest
- a chaplain to the armed forces
Word Origin and History for padri
"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.