from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A male person whose sperm unites with an egg, resulting in the conception of a child.
- n. A man who adopts a child.
- n. A man who raises a child.
- n. A male parent of an animal.
- n. A male ancestor.
- n. A man who creates, originates, or founds something: Chaucer is considered the father of English poetry.
- n. An early form; a prototype.
- n. Christianity God.
- n. Christianity The first person of the Christian Trinity.
- n. An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect.
- n. A member of the senate in ancient Rome.
- n. One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers.
- n. A church father.
- n. A priest or clergyman in the Roman Catholic or Anglican churches.
- n. Used as a title and form of address with or without the clergyman's name.
- transitive v. To procreate (offspring) as the male parent.
- transitive v. To act or serve as a father to (a child).
- transitive v. To create, found, or originate.
- transitive v. To acknowledge responsibility for.
- transitive v. To attribute the paternity, creation, or origin of.
- transitive v. To assign falsely or unjustly; foist.
- intransitive v. To act or serve as a father.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A male who sires (and often raises) a child.
- n. A male donator of sperm which resulted in conception or fertilisation
- n. A term of respectful address for an elderly man.
- n. A term of respectful address for a priest.
- n. A person who plays the role of a father in some way.
- n. The founder of a discipline or science.
- v. To be a father to; to sire.
- v. To give rise to.
- v. To act as a father; to support and nurture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.
- n. 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.
- n. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.
- n. A respectful mode of address to an old man.
- n. A senator of ancient Rome.
- n. 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.
- n. One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers.
- n. 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.
- n. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.
- transitive v. To make one's self the father of; to beget.
- transitive v. 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.).
- transitive v. To provide with a father.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. He who begets a child; the nearest male ancestor; a male parent: so called in relation to the child.
- n. A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a lineal male ancestor, especially the first ancestor; the progenitor or founder of a race, family, or line: as, Ishmael was the father of the Bedouins of the desert.
- n. One who through marriage or adoption occupies the position of a male parent; a father-in-law; a stepfather.
- n. One who exercises paternal care over another; a fatherly protector or provider.
- n. [capitalized] The Supreme Being.
- n. [capitalized] In orthodox Christian phraseology, the first person of the Trinity.
- n. A respectful title bestowed on a venerable man; an appellation of reverence or honor: as, Father Abraham.
- n. A title given to dignitaries of the Roman Catholic and Eastern churches, to officers of monasteries and commonly to monks in general, and to confessors and priests.
- n. A member of one of various Roman Catholic fraternities: as, Fathers of the Oratory, etc.
- n. The title of a senator in ancient Rome. See conscript fathers, under conscript.
- n. The eldest member of any profession, or of any body: as, father of the bar (the oldest practitioner of law); father of the House of Representatives or of the House of Commons (the man who has been a member of the body for the longest continuous period).
- n. In universities, originally, a regent master fulfilling certain functions toward an inceptor; now, a fellow of a college appointed to attend a university examination in the interest of the students of that college.
- n. One who creates, invents, originates, or establishes anything; the author, former, or contriver; a founder, director, or instructor; the first to practise any art; specifically, in the plural, the authors, founders, or first promoters of any great work, movement, or organization: as, Gutenberg was the father of printing; the fathers of the church (which see, below); the pilgrim fathers (see pilgrim); the fathers of the American Constitution.
- n. In general, any real or apparent generating cause or source; that which gives rise to anything; a mainspring or moving element in a system or a process: as, “the boy is father of the man.”
- To beget as a father; become the father or progenitor of.
- To acknowledge or treat as a son or daughter; act as a father toward.
- To assume as one's own; profess or acknowledge one's self to be the owner or author of.
- To give a father to; furnish with a father.
- To ascribe or charge to one as his offspring or production; fix the generation or authorship of: with on or upon.
- n. The Sultan of Turkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
- n. a person who founds or establishes some institution
- n. `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
- n. the founder of a family
- n. the head of an organized crime family
- n. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
- v. make children
- n. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
- n. (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
Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fader, from Old English fæder, from Proto-Germanic *fadēr (cf. West Frisian faar, North Frisian faaðer, Low German Fader, Dutch vader, German Vater, Danish fader), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr (cf. Irish athair, Tocharian A pācar, B pācer, Lithuanian patinas 'male animal'), akin to Latin pater, akin to Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr), akin to Sankskrit पितृ (pitṛ, "father"). (Wiktionary)