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pater

[ pey-ter; also, for 2, 3 pat-er ]
/ ˈpeɪ tər; also, for 2, 3 ˈpæt ər /
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noun
British Informal. father.
(often initial capital letter) the paternoster; Lord's Prayer.
a recitation of it.
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Origin of pater

1300–50; Middle English <Latin: father

Other definitions for pater (2 of 2)

Pater
[ pey-ter ]
/ ˈpeɪ tər /

noun
Walter Horatio, 1839–94, English critic, essayist, and novelist.
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British Dictionary definitions for pater (1 of 2)

pater
/ (ˈpeɪtə) /

noun
British mainly facetious a public school slang word for father

Word Origin for pater

from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for pater (2 of 2)

Pater
/ (ˈpeɪtə) /

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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