single father


  1. a father who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of single father1

First recorded in 1965–70
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Example Sentences

Richardson’s husband, Jordan, suddenly a widower and single father to their 2-year-old, Katie, has been clinging to faith as he tries to navigate the dual losses.

All feature relatable protagonists, like the single father afraid to confess his feelings for his daughter’s Spanish tutor and the teenage boy who bonds with a pair of college students.

Twenty-seven hours after Maddy’s birth, Liz unexpectedly died after suffering a pulmonary embolism, leaving her husband to raise their daughter as a single father.

From Time

In the most recent installment of God of War, for example, the protagonist Kratos becomes a single father.

From Ozy

“For me, right now, it’s a huge, huge help,” said Israel Arocha, a single father of two who lives in Montgomery Village.

A single father, he had been living abroad and returned when his mother was diagnosed with cancer.

In May 2007, however, during a visit to Somalia to see his family, Ali became a single father.

Carlos is a single father raising his rebellious, teenage son in East Los Angeles, a neighborhood rotting with drugs and gangs.

Sophie then wanders further astray, sparking a sexual relationship with a forlorn single father.

You see,” said the old man, “you can buy a wife with money, but not a single father can you buy.





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