Definition of “father” - English Dictionary

“father” in English

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fathernoun [ C ]

/ˈfɑː.ðər/ /ˈfɑː.ðɚ/

father noun [ C ] (PARENT)

A1 a male parent:

My father took me to watch the football every Saturday.
The children's father came to pick them up from school.
[ as form of address ] formal or old-fashioned Please may I go, Father?

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father noun [ C ] (IN RELIGION)

also Father, written abbreviation Fr (the title of) a Christian priest, especially a Roman Catholic or Orthodox priest:

Father O'Reilly
[ as form of address ] Are you giving a sermon, Father?

also Father a name for the Christian God:

God the Father
Our Father, who art in heaven...

fatherverb [ T ]

uk /ˈfɑː.ðər/ /ˈfɑː.ðɚ/

(Definition of “father” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“father” in American English

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fathernoun [ C ]


a male parent:

My father retired seven years ago.
the father of

If you describe a man as the father of something, you mean that he began it, or first made it important:

Freud was the father of psychoanalysis.

also Father The title Father is used by a Christian priest, esp. a Roman Catholic, Episcopal, or Orthodox priest:

Father Randall
Are you giving a sermon, Father?
noun [ U ] us /ˈfɑð·ərˌhʊd/

Fatherhood is a lifelong responsibility.

fatherverb [ T ]


to become a father by causing a woman to produce a child:

to father twins

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