[ per; English pair ]
/ pɛr; English pɛər /

noun, plural pères [per; English pairz] /pɛr; English pɛərz/. French.

senior: Dumas père.
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/ French (pɛr, English pɛə) /


an addition to a French surname to specify the father rather than the son of the same nameDumas père Compare fils 1
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Word Origin and History for pere


1610s, "a French priest," from French père "father," from Latin patrem (nominative pater); see father (n.). Attached to a name, to distinguish father from son of the same name, from 1802.

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