What does Father mean?

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ˈfɑ ðərFa·ther

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Father.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. father, male parent, begetternoun

    a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)

    "his father was born in Atlanta"

  2. forefather, father, sirenoun

    the founder of a family

    "keep the faith of our forefathers"

  3. Father, Padrenoun

    `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military

  4. Church Father, Father of the Church, Fathernoun

    (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom

  5. fathernoun

    a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization

    "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"

  6. Father, Father-God, Fatherhoodnoun

    God when considered as the first person in the Trinity

    "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"

  7. founder, beginner, founding father, fathernoun

    a person who founds or establishes some institution

    "George Washington is the father of his country"

  8. don, fatherverb

    the head of an organized crime family

  9. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forthverb

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"


  1. fathernoun

    A male who sires (and often raises) a child.

    My father was a strong influence on me.

  2. fathernoun

    A male donator of sperm which resulted in conception or fertilisation

  3. fathernoun

    A term of address for an elderly man.

    Come, father; you can sit here.

  4. fathernoun

    A person who plays the role of a father in some way.

  5. fathernoun

    The founder of a discipline or science.

    Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.

  6. fatherverb

    To be a father to; to sire.

  7. fatherverb

    To give rise to.

  8. fatherverb

    To act as a father; to support and nurture.

  9. Fathernoun

    God, the father of Creation

  10. Fathernoun

    A title given to priests.

    Father Thomas was a good priest.

  11. Fathernoun

    One's father

    I will only do what Father asks.

  12. Fathernoun

    One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca alongside the Master and Sage and representing a man; younger than a Sage and older than a Master

  13. Etymology: From fader, from fæder, from fadēr (cf. East Frisian foar, Dutch vader, German Vater), from ph₂tḗr (cf. Irish athair, Tocharian A pācar, B pācer, Lithuanian patinas 'male animal'), akin to pater, akin to Ancient Greek πατήρ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FATHERnoun

    Etymology: fæðer, Saxon; aaher, Erse. This word is found likewise in the Persian language.

    Father is a notion superinduced to the substance, or man, and refers only to an act of that thing called man, whereby he contributed to the generation of one of his own kind. John Locke.

    Son of Bensalem, thy father saith it; the man by whom thou hast breath and life speaketh the word. Francis Bacon.

    He shall forget
    Father and mother, and to his wife adhere. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    It was said
    It should not stand in thy posterity;
    But that myself should be the root and father
    Of many kings. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Abraham is the father of us all. Rom. iv. 16.

    A poor blind man was accounted cunning in prognosticating weather: Epsom, a lawyer, said in scorn, Tell me, father, when doth the sun change? The old man answered, when such a wicked lawyer as you goeth to heaven. William Camden.

    You shall find one well accompanied
    With reverend fathers and well learned bishops. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    Jubal was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. Gen. iv. 21.

    Men may talk of the fathers, and magnify the fathers, and seem to make the authority of the fathers next to infallible; and yet none expose them more to contempt than they which give such answers as these. Edward Stillingfleet.

    I was a father to the poor. Job xxix. 16.

    He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house Gen. xlv. 8.

    Formal in apparel,
    In gait and countenance surely like a father. William Shakespeare.

    There was in this place a father of a convent, who was very much renowned for his piety and exemplary life; and as it is usual, under any great affliction, to apply themselves to the most eminent confessors, our beautiful votary took the opportunity of confessing herself to this celebrated father. Add.

    From hence the race of Alban fathers come,
    And the long glories of majestick Rome. John Dryden, Virgil.

    The eternal son of God esteemed it his meat and drink to do the will of his Father, and for his obedience alone obtained the greatest glory. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    We have one Father, even God. John viii. 41.

    Almighty and most merciful Father. Common Prayer.

  2. To FATHERverb

    Ay, good youth,
    And rather father thee than master thee. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I am no stronger than my sex,
    Being so father’d and so husbanded. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    How light and portable my pain seems now,
    When that which makes me bend makes the king bow;
    He childed as I father’d. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Men of wit,
    Often father’d what he writ Jonathan Swift.

    And lest we seem to father any thing upon them more than is their own, let them read. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 4.

    My name was made use of by several persons, one of which was pleased to father on me a new set of productions. Jonathan Swift.

    Magical relations comprehend effects derived and fathered upon hidden qualities, whereof, from received grounds of art, no reasons are derived. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii. c. 3.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fathernoun

    one who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent

  2. Fathernoun

    a male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; -- in the plural, fathers, ancestors

  3. Fathernoun

    one who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection

  4. Fathernoun

    a respectful mode of address to an old man

  5. Fathernoun

    a senator of ancient Rome

  6. Fathernoun

    a dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc

  7. Fathernoun

    one of the chief esslesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers

  8. Fathernoun

    one who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher

  9. Fathernoun

    the Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity

  10. Fatherverb

    to make one's self the father of; to beget

  11. Fatherverb

    to take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.)

  12. Fatherverb

    to provide with a father

  13. Etymology: [OE. fader, AS. fder; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. fair Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path`r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p protect. 75, 247. Cf. Papa, Paternal, Patriot, Potential, Pablum.]


  1. Father

    A father is a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering". Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome, or Y chromosome. Related terms of endearment are dad, daddy, pa, papa, pop and pops

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Father

    fä′thėr, n. a male parent: an ancestor or forefather: a fatherly protector: a contriver or originator: a title of respect applied to a venerable man, to confessors, monks, priests, &c.: a member of certain fraternities, as 'Fathers of the Oratory,' &c.: the oldest member of any profession or other body: one of a group of ecclesiastical writers of the early centuries, usually ending with Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine: the first person of the Trinity.—v.t. to adopt: to ascribe to one as his offspring or production.—ns. Fa′therhood, state of being a father: fatherly authority; Fa′ther-in-law, the father of one's husband or wife; Fa′therland, the land of one's fathers—from the Ger. Vaterland; Fa′ther-lash′er, a name applied to two bull-heads found on the British coasts, belonging to the Gurnard family.—adj. Fa′therless, destitute of a living father: without a known author.—ns. Fa′therlessness; Fa′therliness.—adj. Fa′therly, like a father in affection and care: paternal.—n. Fa′thership.—Holy Father, the Pope.—Be gathered to one's fathers (B.), to die and be buried. [A.S. fæder; Ger. vater, L. pater, Gr. patēr.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. father

    The dockyard name given to the person who constructs a ship of the navy.

Editors Contribution

  1. father

    A male parent with a paternal instinct who chooses to act with unconditional love, unity, peace and is nonjudgmental and nurturing.

    Their father is a beautiful soul, expressing love and understanding for all human beings.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. father

    The natural ability, qualities and acts of every father to give and share love, nurture, provide and contribute to development of their child or children in a nonjudgmental, fair and just way and to create a united family environment where their child or children have a positive, peaceful and loving relationship with their mother and all their family members

    Every father and mother has the role to unify the family where required.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 21, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Father' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #368

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Father' in Written Corpus Frequency: #604

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Father' in Nouns Frequency: #117

Anagrams for Father »

  1. fareth

  2. afther

  3. hafter

  4. freath

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Father in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Father in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Father in a Sentence

  1. Gary Barker:

    There needs to be an understanding that a baby being born with microcephaly is an event that is going to increase the chance the father's not going to stick around and he's going to need some extra hand holding.

  2. Heather Cho:

    I apologise to the people of this country as chairman of Korean Air and as a father for the trouble caused by my daughter's foolish conduct.

  3. Malu Dreyer:

    The pain of the mother who lost her child and her husband takes my voice away, there will never again be the laughter of the father and the child. Others who have to mourn dead feel the same way... they will have to carry this burden for the rest of their lives.

  4. Elsie Shemin-Roth of Webster Groves:

    It's absolutely wonderful, we'll be so proud and honored to receive this for our father. My one gigantic regret is I wish my father could be here.

  5. Kyle Kashuv:

    First, they began berating my tweet, although neither of them had read it; then they began aggressively asking questions about who I went to the range with, whose gun we used, about my father, etc. They were incredibly condescending and rude.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. defiant
    • B. contiguous
    • C. occlusive
    • D. soft-witted

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