city father


any of the officials or prominent citizens of a city.

Origin of city father

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for city father

elder, councilor

Examples from the Web for city father

Historical Examples of city father

  • "We are turning into a city-father," he once said, trying to be the first to laugh.

    Cousin Pons

    Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for city father

city father


a person who is active or prominent in the public affairs of a city, such as an alderman
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