from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used after a man's surname to distinguish a father from a son: Dumas père primarily wrote novels, while dramas occupied Dumas fils.
- n. Roman Catholic Church Used as a title for certain priests.
French, from Old French pedre, from Latin pater; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)