- (often initial capital letter) a title of reverence, as for church dignitaries, officers of monasteries, monks, confessors, and especially priests.
- a person bearing this title.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- fathead minnow,
- father christmas,
- father confessor,
- father figure,
- father lasher,
- father of his country
Origin of father
Examples from the Web for father
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
Charles “Father” Coughlin, a raving anti-Semite, was one of the most popular radio hosts in the country.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When the father arrived at the hospital, he was told that Andrew Dossi was in surgery, but the wounds were not life-threatening.
“I heard them say, ‘He was shot twice,’” the father, Joseph Dossi, remembers.
What does your father say about putting Isaac in the asylum?Mortmain|Arthur Cheny Train
"I thank you," said Johanna, and for an instant her pale face glowed with the same fire which had distinguished her father.A Noble Name|Claire Von Glmer
But as his father was speaking again the student turned his serious face toward the pulpit.Tess of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
That father too embraced him and asked him in the presence of all,—“Do you remember both your lives, my son?”The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
My father turned away and looked at me with all the old weariness in his face, but with little agitation.Mr. Marx's Secret|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Word Origin for father
Old English fæder "father, male ancestor," from Proto-Germanic *fader (cf. Old Saxon fadar, Old Frisian feder, Dutch vader, Old Norse faðir, Old High German fater, German vater), from PIE *pəter (cf. Sanskrit pitar-, Greek pater, Latin pater, Old Persian pita, Old Irish athir "father"), presumably from baby-speak sound like pa.
The classic example of Grimm's Law, where PIE "p-" becomes Germanic "f-." Spelling with -th- (15c.) reflects widespread phonetic shift in Middle English that turned -der to -ther in many words; spelling caught up to pronunciation in 1500s (cf. burden, murder).
c.1400, from father (n.). Related: Fathered; fathering.
see like father, like son.