- British Informal. father.
- (often initial capital letter) the paternoster; Lord's Prayer.
- a recitation of it.
Origin of pater
- Walter Horatio,1839–94, English critic, essayist, and novelist.
- Latin. father of his country.
Related Words for paterfitting, plumb, fondle, hit, form, dab, pet, tip, rub, punch, slap, whittle, beat, stroke, caress, mold, massage, cake, portion, piece
Examples from the Web for pater
Historical Examples of pater
Mr. Pater let me know that he was writing on it for the Guardian.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
No, pater; but you may be taking on a bigger business than you reckon.
"Pater, we may as well keep Howards End out of it," he said.
You're bound to listen to me, for what's the use of calling me 'pater,' and all that, if you don't mind what I say?Tom Brown at Rugby
Don't let the Mater and Pater get the wind up about my personal safety.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- British mainly facetious a public school slang word for father
Word Origin for pater
- Walter (Horatio). 1839–94, English essayist and critic, noted for his prose style and his advocation of the "love of art for its own sake". His works include the philosophical romance Marius the Epicurean (1885), Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873), and Imaginary Portraits (1887)