[fah-th er-hoo d]


the state of being a father.
fathers collectively.
the qualities or spirit of a father.

Origin of fatherhood

1350–1400; late Middle English faderhode; replacing Middle English faderheed. See father, -hood
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Contemporary Examples of fatherhood

Historical Examples of fatherhood

  • The urge of his awakened instinct of fatherhood was strong upon him.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The fathers that now show what fatherhood was meant to be—they are legion.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer

  • Perhaps he was rendered unhappy by the thought of fatherhood.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • And you must remember that it is that Fatherhood of God which connotes the Brotherhood of man.

  • The Fatherhood of God is the very key-note of the Christian view of life and of death.

    Gloria Crucis

    J. H. Beibitz

British Dictionary definitions for fatherhood



the state or responsibility of being a father
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Word Origin and History for fatherhood

early 14c., faderhade; see father (n.) + -hood.

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