[pah-drey, -dree; Spanish pah-thre; Italian pah-dre]
noun, plural pa·dres [pah-dreyz, -dreez; Spanish pah-thres] /ˈpɑ dreɪz, -driz; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛs/, pa·dri [Italian pah-dree] /Italian ˈpɑ dri/.
  1. father (used especially in addressing or referring to a priest or member of the clergy).
  2. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for padri

Historical Examples of padri

  • Be gentle with them, Padri—but I don't think you'll do much.'

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • From Badarwar to the summit of the Padri pass, and throughout the descent, clay-slate had been the prevailing rock.

  • They took the more humble title of brothers and sisters of mankind—frati and suori—instead of that of fathers, padri.

  • Truly excellent life helped out by the visits of the Padri, just fresh from burying somebody down below there.'

    Under the Deodars

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Mr. Mitra and his family consequently removed to another house of Padri Ahmad Shah about 200 yards distant therefrom.

British Dictionary definitions for padri


noun informal (sometimes capital)
  1. father: used to address or refer to a clergyman, esp a priest
  2. 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 padri



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper