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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"

Wiktionary

  1. fathernoun

    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. fathernoun

    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. fathernoun

    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. fathernoun

    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. fathernoun

    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. fatherverb

    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. fatherverb

    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. fatherverb

    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. Fathernoun

    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. Fathernoun

    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. Fathernoun

    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. 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

    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. Fathernoun

    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. 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

    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. Fathernoun

    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. Fathernoun

    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. Fathernoun

    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. 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

    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. 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

    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. 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

    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. Fathernoun

    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. Fatherverb

    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. 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.)

    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. Fatherverb

    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 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. Mr. van Gelder:

    Anne Frank wasn’t a star pupil. She was a likeable child. Sometimes I’d bump into her in the mornings on her way to school. Then she’d sometimes tell me stories that she’d made up together with her father. They were always really funny stories. She told me a lot about her father, but not much about her mother and sister. I also knew that she wanted to be a writer. Maybe she would have been…

  2. Ivanka Trump:

    So I think that Prachi Gupta have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues. So I don't know how useful it is to spend too much time with Prachi Gupta on this if Prachi Gupta're going to make a comment like that.

  3. Carrie Luft:

    Five children have lost both parents in the span of eight months, our main priorities are ensuring their well-being and protecting their privacy. Understandably, they wished to say goodbye to their father, which we arranged with the assistance of hospital personnel.

  4. Elisabeth Maxwell:

    My father was a powerful man — you know, an alpha male, really. And when you have that kind of experience, all of us, all of the brothers and sisters have had to somehow deal with that, elisabeth Maxwell was no exception. But clearly to then say, ‘ Well, you know, Elisabeth Maxwell dies, then she moves along to the next rich man. ’ I just do n’t buy that.

  5. Proverb:

    Marry a child of the devil and you're going to have problems with your father-in-law.

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