Meaning of “father-in-law” in the English Dictionary


"father-in-law" in English

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father-in-lawnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɑː.ðər.ɪn.lɔː/ us /ˈfɑː.ðɚ.ɪn.lɑː/ plural ^fathers-in-law

Examples from literature

  • 'Nothing could be better,' said the father-in-law, rubbing his hands. 
  • His irritation was not likely to be soothed when he realised the extent to which he had been duped by his father-in-law. 
  • On hearing that we intended to remain for the night where we were, he persuaded us to accompany him to the estate of his father-in-law, which was situated close at hand. 
  • Then he woke his father-in-law gently, and went off. 
  • Young men don't seem to care, as a general rule, for an idiot father-in-law! 

(Definition of “father-in-law” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"father-in-law" in American English

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father-in-lawnoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɑð·ər·ɪnˌlɔ/ plural fathers-in-law /ˈfɑð·ərz·ɪnˌlɔ/

the father of someone’s husband or wife

(Definition of “father-in-law” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)