city father

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  1. any of the officials or prominent citizens of a city.

Origin of city father

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby city father Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use city father in a sentence

  • Osteria del Pozzo is famous for the brodetto all’anconetano, a dish so important to the coastal city of Ancona that the city fathers chose to dedicate prominent space on the local government website to it.

  • Imagine a New York city father without digestion; what a subject of scorn he would become to his constituency!

    Buffalo Land | W. E. Webb
  • "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

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

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