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[per; English pair]
noun, plural pères [per; English pairz] /pɛr; English pɛərz/. French.
  1. father.
  2. senior: Dumas père.
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  1. 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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