American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Father. Used as a form of address for a priest in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
- n. Informal A military chaplain.
- n. Chiefly British A parson.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Father: used with reference to priests in Spain, Italy, Mexico, southwestern United States, South America, etc.
- n. A minister of any Christian denomination or a native priest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Christian priest or monk; used as a term of address for priests in some churches (especially Roman or Orthodox Catholic in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America); -- also used in the American military.
- n. In India (from the Portuguese), any Christian minister; also, a priest of the native region.
- n. A chaplain in one of the military services.
- n. a chaplain in one of the military services
- 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
- From Italian, Spanish, Portuguese padre ("priest"), from Latin pater ("father"), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese, all from Latin pater, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ Spanish, _ni hay padre para hijo, ni hijo para padre_ -- "there is neither father for child, nor child for father.”
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“He also mentioned as one of her miracles, that living on a solitary mountain she had never been robbed; but I fear the good padre is somewhat oblivious, as this sacrilege has happened more than once.”
“He took Paige to their parish priest -- probably because the padre was the only adult Bob feared might act on Paige's behalf if he knew the truth -- and disclosed that his adopted daughter was a slut.”
“To the side of the padre was a card table covered with a white cloth, and on it a new helmet and a pair of black combat boots represented the man they had come to mourn.”
“You failed to mention that the padre is a drunk.”
“The evening would be spent at study, for the padre was a scholar of no mean ability.”
“I'll come, of course, if he'd like it; but I'm afraid I shared my men's dread of church parade, though our padre was a merciful being on the whole and fairly sensible.”
“As a rule a padre is a padre, an officially recognised representative of religion, whatever church he belongs to.”
“I should much rather be called a padre than a Brass Hat.”
“I should much rather be called a padre than a parson.”
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