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)


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