Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who produces or creates.
  • noun Anthropology A natural father or mother.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who procreates; a sire; a progenitor.
  • noun plural The genitals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who begets; a generator; an originator.
  • noun obsolete The genitals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a biological parent (either male or female), or the direct cause of an offspring.
  • noun a generator; an originatorSheldon
  • noun obsolete, in the plural The genitals – Holland

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

  • noun a natural father or mother

Etymologies

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

[Middle English genitour, from Old French genitor, from Latin, from genitus, past participle of gignere, to beget; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin genitor, from genitus, past participle of the verb gignō + agent noun suffix -or.

Examples

  • Unlike English, Latin has two words for 'father': genitor, meaning 'begetter', and pater, meaning 'father' in a spiritually fuller sense.

    The Feast of St. Joseph

  • Unlike English, Latin has two words for 'father': genitor, meaning 'begetter', and pater, meaning 'father' in a spiritually fuller sense.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Unlike English, Latin has two words for 'father': genitor, meaning 'begetter', and pater, meaning 'father' in a spiritually fuller sense.

    The (belated) Feast of St. Joseph

  • Unlike English, Latin has two words for 'father': genitor, meaning 'begetter', and pater, meaning 'father' in a spiritually fuller sense.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Thus, the female husband had rights to the domestic services of her "wife" and was the legitimate "father" of the wife's offspring, regardless of who the genitor might be.

    Judith Shapiro: Proposals of "Marriage"

  • Most of the pieces are of secular origin, but the Codex also has arrangements for organ of the Mass Cunctipotens genitor Deus.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Ut semel dicam, una gula est omnium morborum mater, etiamsi alius est genitor.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Tilney nuper de Shelleigh in Comitatu Suffolci�, pater et genitor

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Yolonda speculated about her genitor, whom she could only remember sometimes.

    Yolonda's Genius

  • “I can hardly remember my genitor,” she mused aloud, testing the word in her mouth.

    Yolonda's Genius

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  • (noun) - (1) One who procreates; a sire; a father.

    --Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, c.1850

    (2) A testicle; the testicles; in later use for genitals. Adapted from Old French genitoir. In adjective use as members genitors late 1400s.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1901

    January 16, 2018