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[fah-th er-in-law]
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noun, plural fa·thers-in-law.
  1. the father of one's husband or wife.
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Origin of father-in-law

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at father, in, law1
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noun plural fathers-in-law
  1. the father of one's wife or husband
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