American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Father.
- n. formal father
- From Latin pater ("father"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin; see pəter- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At first glance, an English word like father looks pretty different from the Latin word pater.”
“Yet it was only when the Senate also suggested that Livia henceforth be known as mater patriae Mother of Our Country—a play on the title pater patriae granted a decade previously to Augustus—and, more provocatively, that Tiberius’s official title should be qualified by the description “son of Julia” or “son of Livia” that the new emperor was moved to use his imperial veto.”
“To use an Indo-European family example, we know that English father, foot, fish and Latin pater, ped -, pisc - are cognates because they show regular sound correspondences throughout.”
“From? pater,? we also get the Latin word for? fatherland,? so that now we know what a? patriot? is.”
“The word pater, for example, signifies not only a father, but your father, my father, his or her father, all included in a word.”
“Ruæus thinks that the word pater is to be referrd to Evander, the father of Pallas.”
“The word pater, for instance, pronounced alike in both languages, differs in signification; being used in the one to imply father, in the other fire.”
“The word pater, in the common acceptation, might be applicable to Saturn; for he was supposed to have been the father of all the Gods, and was therefore so entitled by the antient poet”
“Very consistently, the PIE *p that shows up unchanged in Latin pater shifted in Germanic to the f we now have in English father.”
“Petrus Bonomo, a secretary of Frederick IV and Maximilian I, became Bishop of Triest in 1502, and was known as pater concilii in the fifth Lateran Council”
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