[ pah-tree ]
/ ˈpɑ tri /


An·ge·lo [an-juh-loh] /ˈæn dʒəˌloʊ/, 1877–1965, U.S. educator and writer, born in Italy.


a combining form meaning “father,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek and Latin (patriarch; patrician), and used in the formation of new compounds (patrilineal ).
Also especially before a vowel, patr-.

Origin of patri-

combining form representing Latin pater, Greek patḗr father Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patri


combining form

fatherpatricide; patrilocal

Word Origin for patri-

from Latin pater, Greek patēr father

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Word Origin and History for patri


word-forming element used to make terms describing kinship of the father or the paternal line, from Latin patri-, comb. form of pater (see father (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper