- father (used especially in addressing or referring to a priest or member of the clergy).
- a chaplain in military or naval service.
Origin of padre
Examples from the Web for padre
“Mireles is someone capable of moving the nation, and moving it toward justice,” says the padre.
Padre Goyo has reorganized his CCRISTOS as more of a community service group, he says.
“No, the church has to be on the side of the most disadvantaged, of the poorest, of the helpless,” the padre tells us.
“I believe we are in the hour of the debacle of the institutions, they cannot be any more rotten,” said Padre Goyo.
Padre Goyo, with his clerical collar and his bulletproof vest, is an icon for those fighting drugs and corruption.
Whereupon Khalid rises and sits on the divan near the Padre.The Book of Khalid
By the way, I was about to ask you and the padre to dine with me and Don Ignaçio there.
But I raised the beam, my padre, the moment you made the signal.
Padre Andreas closed his eyes a moment and arose, but did not answer.
“A man does not go in the dark to look for a trail,” said Padre Andreas meaningly.
- father: used to address or refer to a clergyman, esp a priest
- a chaplain to the armed forces
Word Origin and History for padre
"priest, chaplain," 1580s, from Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese padre, from Latin patrem (nominative pater) "father" (see father (n.)). The title of the regular clergy in those languages. Papar was the name the Norse gave to Irish monks whom they found in Iceland when they arrived.