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  • n. A respected, high-ranking male elder or leader; a patriarch; a forefather; a grandfather.

Etymologies

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Perhaps from Middle English hehfader, heahfeder, from Old English hēahfæder ("patriarch", literally "high-father"); or perhaps a direct borrowing of the Old English word, equivalent to high +‎ father.

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