from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being a father.
  • n. The qualities of a father.
  • n. Fathers considered as a group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being a father

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being a father; the character or authority of a father; paternity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a father; the relation or authority of a father: as, the fatherhood of God.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the status of a religious leader
  • n. the status of a father
  • n. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
  • n. the kinship relation between an offspring and the father


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