pater

[pey-ter; also for 2, 3 pat-er]
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noun

British Informal. father.
(often initial capital letter) the paternoster; Lord's Prayer.
a recitation of it.

Nearby words

  1. patent rolls,
  2. patent still,
  3. patentee,
  4. patently,
  5. patentor,
  6. pater patriae,
  7. pater, walter horatio,
  8. paterfamilias,
  9. paternal,
  10. paternalism

Origin of pater

1300–50; Middle English < Latin: father

Pater

[pey-ter]

noun

Walter Horatio,1839–94, English critic, essayist, and novelist.

Pater Patriae

[pah-ter pah-tree-ahy; English pey-ter pey-tree-ee, pat-er pa-tree-ee]

noun

Latin. father of his country.
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British Dictionary definitions for pater

pater

noun

British mainly facetious a public school slang word for father

Word Origin for pater

from Latin

Pater

noun

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)
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