• WordNet 3.6
    • v father make children "Abraham begot Isaac","Men often father children but don't recognize them"
    • n Father God when considered as the first person in the Trinity "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
    • n Father (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
    • n father the head of an organized crime family
    • n father a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father) "his father was born in Atlanta"
    • n Father `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
    • n father a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor","the city fathers endorsed the proposal"
    • n father the founder of a family "keep the faith of our forefathers"
    • n father a person who founds or establishes some institution "George Washington is the father of his country"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lillie, her father and Richard listen to the bird singing Lillie, her father and Richard listen to the bird singing
Gracie shows her father the money she has saved Gracie shows her father the money she has saved
The girl kisses her father on the forehead The girl kisses her father on the forehead
Richelieu and Father Joseph——280 Richelieu and Father Joseph——280
Ah, Wretch, if Thy Father Saw Thee!'——354 Ah, Wretch, if Thy Father Saw Thee!'——354
Father & Horse Father & Horse
Father & Oxen Father & Oxen
Father & Turkey Father & Turkey

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tiger Woods was introduced to golf at nine months of age by his father
    • Father A dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also father confessor), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc. "Bless you, good father friar !"
    • Father A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; -- in the plural, fathers, ancestors. "David slept with his fathers .""Abraham, who is the father of us all."
    • Father A respectful mode of address to an old man. "And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him [Elisha], . . . and said, O my father , my father !"
    • Father A senator of ancient Rome.
    • Father One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers .
    • Father One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent. "A wise son maketh a glad father ."
    • Father One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection. "I was a father to the poor.""He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house."
    • Father One who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher. "The father of all such as handle the harp and organ.""Might be the father , Harry, to that thought.""The father of good news."
    • Father The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity. "Our Father , which art in heaven.""Now had the almighty Father from above . . . Bent down his eye."
    • Father To make one's self the father of; to beget. "Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base."
    • Father To provide with a father. "Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
      Being so fathered and so husbanded ?"
    • Father To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.). "Men of wit
      Often fathered what he writ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From 1526 to 1707, the first six Mogul emperors of India ruled in unbroken succession from father to son
    • n father He who begets a child; the nearest male ancestor; a male parent: so called in relation to the child.
    • n father A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a lineal male ancestor, especially the first ancestor; the progenitor or founder of a race, family, or line: as, Ishmael was the father of the Bedouins of the desert.
    • n father One who through marriage or adoption occupies the position of a male parent; a father-in-law; a stepfather.
    • n father One who exercises paternal care over another; a fatherly protector or provider.
    • n father [capitalized] The Supreme Being.
    • n father [capitalized] In orthodox Christian phraseology, the first person of the Trinity.
    • n father A respectful title bestowed on a venerable man; an appellation of reverence or honor: as, Father Abraham.
    • n father A title given to dignitaries of the Roman Catholic and Eastern churches, to officers of monasteries and commonly to monks in general, and to confessors and priests.
    • n father A member of one of various Roman Catholic fraternities: as, Fathers of the Oratory, etc.
    • n father The title of a senator in ancient Rome. See conscript fathers, under conscript.
    • n father The eldest member of any profession, or of any body: as, father of the bar (the oldest practitioner of law); father of the House of Representatives or of the House of Commons (the man who has been a member of the body for the longest continuous period).
    • n father In universities, originally, a regent master fulfilling certain functions toward an inceptor; now, a fellow of a college appointed to attend a university examination in the interest of the students of that college.
    • n father One who creates, invents, originates, or establishes anything; the author, former, or contriver; a founder, director, or instructor; the first to practise any art; specifically, in the plural, the authors, founders, or first promoters of any great work, movement, or organization: as, Gutenberg was the father of printing; the fathers of the church (which see, below); the pilgrim fathers (see pilgrim); the fathers of the American Constitution.
    • n father In general, any real or apparent generating cause or source; that which gives rise to anything; a mainspring or moving element in a system or a process: as, “the boy is father of the man.”
    • father To beget as a father; become the father or progenitor of.
    • father To acknowledge or treat as a son or daughter; act as a father toward.
    • father To assume as one's own; profess or acknowledge one's self to be the owner or author of.
    • father To give a father to; furnish with a father.
    • father To ascribe or charge to one as his offspring or production; fix the generation or authorship of: with on or upon.
    • n father The Sultan of Turkey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., both of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels on September 14th, 1990.
    • n Father fä′thėr a male parent: an ancestor or forefather: a fatherly protector: a contriver or originator: a title of respect applied to a venerable man, to confessors, monks, priests, &c.: a member of certain fraternities, as 'Fathers of the Oratory,' &c.: the oldest member of any profession or other body: one of a group of ecclesiastical writers of the early centuries, usually ending with Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine: the first person of the Trinity
    • v.t Father to adopt: to ascribe to one as his offspring or production
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.”
  • Erika Cosby
    Erika Cosby
    “You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.”
  • Euripides
    “Noble fathers have noble children.”
  • George Herbert
    “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”
  • Theodore M. Hesburgh
    Theodore M. Hesburgh
    “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    “A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”


Father figure - A father figure is an older man, often in a position of power or authority, who commands great respect and inspires feelings like those for a father.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fader, AS. fæder,; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. faðir, Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path`r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. , protect. √75, 247. Cf. Papa Paternal Patriot Potential Pablum


In literature:

Canon Alston was a little surprised, merely because he was a father, and fathers are always a little surprised when men love their children.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
His father and mine arranged the engagement, you know.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Young Derry Willard's father looked at my father.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
No doubt her father's house was the proper place for her, but then her father was so dour a man.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Some of these men were old enough to be her father.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
She calls my mother "mother," and my father "father.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Harry Trojan turned and faced his father.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
Brother, let you and I go to church, as your father and Anastasia's father once did.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Father and son, and they had not rushed into each other's arms!
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
I knew your father well, one of the most honorable men of the Philippines.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal

In poetry:

Father-Mother God,
Loving me,--
Guard me when I sleep;
Guide my little feet
Up to Thee.
"A Verse" by Mary Baker Eddy
Knowing not the Father
What their prophecies!
Grapes of such none gather,
Only thorns and lies.
"False Prophets" by George MacDonald
Love of the living God,
Of Father and of Son;
Love of the Holy Ghost,
Fill thou each needy one.
"O Love That Casts Out Fear" by Horatius Bonar
If your fathers and mothers,
The grand and the gray,
Had taken the weak one
And hurled her away?
"The Waterfall" by Henry Kendall
His father praps he sees,
Most Musicle of Lords,
A playing maddrigles and glees
Upon the Arpsicords.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee,--
Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.
"Christ My Refuge" by Mary Baker Eddy

In news:

'Letters From Father Christmas ' (Houghton Mifflin) In his 1926 letter to John, Michael and Christopher Tolkien, Father Christmas wrote that the North Polar Bear ate "quite a lot of my Christmas chocolates".
'Letters From Father Christmas ' (Houghton Mifflin) Tolkien wrote the letters in the voice of Father Christmas , who was over 1,900 years old.
With Father's Day just a few days away, I wanted to create an avenue to recognize Fathers in our community that are doing positive things for their children—LIKE RAISING THEM.
I said goodbye to my father on that Father's Day 13 years ago.
Father and son chefs Jimmy Bannos and Jimmy Bannos Jr -- of Heaven On Seven and The Purple Pig -- have some perfect items to grill up for a backyard barbeque this Father's Day.
When the Country's Founding Father is Your Founding Father .
Who is Father's Day founding father .
Every Christmas, in the grand tradition of our fathers and their fathers before them, we pull on the London Fog mackintosh, hop on the Powell Street cable car, and roll on down to Union Square.
Political leaders often have absent, alcoholic, neglectful fathers, or fathers who died too young.
With Father's day several weeks away, here are some gift ideas in a variety of price categories for South Florida fathers of all ages and interests.
That is, I know My sheep and My sheep know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father, and also, I give My life for the sake of the sheep.
As Father's Day approaches, I've had cause to reflect on my own father.
Father's Day extra special for Beckham, father and grandfather.
Whenever Father's Day approaches, I like to think about things that made my late father happy.
Brothers Father Eugene O'Hagan and Father Martin O'Hagan and Father David Delargy -- are in town for a concert and mass at Holy Family Church on the West Side.

In science:

Similarly, the children obey perhaps their parents of both parents agree with each other; if mother says something different from father, the children are more free to do what they want.
Sociophysics Simulations
I asked. “I told him, of course,” said my father-in-law impatiently.
My Life with Fisher
One of the main problems with wrong pathways is the huge overestimation of the authority of the fathers - creators of the quantum theory.
Quantum theory: Reconsideration of foundations
One of the main purposes of the present conference was to discuss the views of the fathers - creators to foundations of quantum mechanics.
Quantum theory: Reconsideration of foundations
If we see these edges as the upper part of the tile, the edge to the father is the right-hand side edge.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution