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, begetter(noun)

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

    "his father was born in Atlanta"

  2. forefather, father, sire(noun)

    the founder of a family

    "keep the faith of our forefathers"

  3. Father, Padre(noun)

    `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, Father(noun)

    (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. father(noun)

    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, Fatherhood(noun)

    God when considered as the first person in the Trinity

    "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"

  7. founder, beginner, founding father, father(noun)

    a person who founds or establishes some institution

    "George Washington is the father of his country"

  8. don, father(verb)

    the head of an organized crime family

  9. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)

    make children

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

Wiktionary

  1. father(Noun)

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

    My father was a strong influence on me.

    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.

  2. father(Noun)

    A male donator of sperm which resulted in conception or fertilisation

    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.

  3. father(Noun)

    A term of address for an elderly man.

    Come, father; you can sit here.

    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.

  4. father(Noun)

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

    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.

  5. father(Noun)

    The founder of a discipline or science.

    Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.

    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.

  6. father(Verb)

    To be a father to; to sire.

    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.

  7. father(Verb)

    To give rise to.

    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.

  8. father(Verb)

    To act as a father; to support and nurture.

    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.

  9. Father(ProperNoun)

    God, the father of Creation

    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.

  10. Father(ProperNoun)

    A title given to priests.

    Father Thomas was a good priest.

    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.

  11. Father(ProperNoun)

    One's father

    I will only do what Father asks.

    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.

  12. Father(ProperNoun)

    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

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Father(noun)

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

    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.]

  2. Father(noun)

    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

    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.]

  3. Father(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. Father(noun)

    a respectful mode of address to an old man

    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.]

  5. Father(noun)

    a senator of ancient Rome

    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.]

  6. Father(noun)

    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

    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.]

  7. Father(noun)

    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

    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.]

  8. Father(noun)

    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

    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.]

  9. Father(noun)

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

    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.]

  10. Father(verb)

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

    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.]

  11. Father(verb)

    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.)

    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.]

  12. Father(verb)

    to provide with a father

    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.]

Freebase

  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 the 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. afther

  2. fareth

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Numerology

  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. Iru Iti:

    Until very recently I never believed we could do what we did. If my father were still alive he'd think this is amazing.

  2. Roger Anderson:

    Let us be very careful not to fall into the trap of the world. The world views things only relative to man and to self. The Word of God views things relative to the Father, Son, and Spirit. Mankind is not the center of all things. No matter how great anyone's name might become, it is still far behind His. Our name comes from His life the name of our Lord comes from the resurrection--the event unique to Him. The world has a problem it seeks to honor, uphold, exonerate and generally praise itself. Our place and the place of the entire world system is to praise and exalt God. When people of the Bible caught a glimpse of Him, their lives were changed. Perhaps our lives remain stagnate because we do not spend enough time looking at Him.

  3. Lynnell Frenning-Wallace:

    This lady from Holland contacted me through Facebook Messenger and said her father was looking with a metal detector in the area of Market Garden in Holland and he found my dad’s helmet from World War 2, i said I would pay the postage on it and he said, ‘absolutely not, I will send it free of charge’.

  4. Yong Ho:

    (His father) Kim Jong Il was very reclusive. He didn't like meeting foreign delegations, and he didn't really enjoy going to foreign countries, but Kim Jong Un is a bit like Kim Il Sung. He really likes overseas activity.

  5. Quentin Crisp:

    Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.

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