[ pah-drey, -dree; Spanish pah-thre; Italian pah-dre ]
/ ˈpɑ dreɪ, -dri; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛ; Italian ˈpɑ drɛ /

noun, plural pa·dres [pah-dreyz, -dreez; Spanish pah-thres] /ˈpɑ dreɪz, -driz; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛs/, pa·dri [Italian pah-dree] /Italian ˈpɑ dri/.

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

1575–85; < Spanish, Portuguese, Italian: father < Latin pater Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for padre


/ (ˈpɑːdrɪ) /

noun informal (sometimes capital)

father: used to address or refer to a clergyman, esp a priest
a chaplain to the armed forces

Word Origin for padre

via Spanish or Italian from Latin pater father
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