Great White Father

  1. the president of the U.S.

  2. any man who holds a position of great authority.

Origin of Great White Father

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; after the epithet supposedly used for the U.S. president by American Indians in the 19th century

Words Nearby Great White Father Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Great White Father in a sentence

  • The Great White Father had forgotten them, he knew, for their rations were long overdue and there was hunger in the camp.

  • Before the dance the Great White Father was to speak to them; the peace pipe, also, was to be smoked.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • Instead of having them build a house for himself, he, the Great White Father, turned them over to the great red father.

    The Pocahontas-John Smith Story | Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
  • Does the Great White Father love to hear our women cry for food?

    Prisoners of Hope | Mary Johnston
  • He complimented them all upon their bravery and their loyalty to the King, their Great White Father across the ocean.

    The Border Watch | Joseph A. Altsheler