[ 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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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.

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