Father en


Father meaning

A father is the male parent of a (human) child. A biological father is the male genetic contributor to the creation of the baby, through sexual intercourse or sperm donation. An adoptive father is a male who has become the child's parent through the legal process of adoption. As a parent, the father has a social and legal relationship with the child that carries with it certain rights and obligations, although this varies between jurisdictions. A biological father may have legal obligations to a child not raised by him, such as an obligation of monetary support.


  1. (noun) A respectful mode of address to an old man.
  2. (noun) 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.
  3. (noun) 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.
  4. (v. t.) To make one's self the father of; to beget.
  5. (v. t.) 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.).
  6. (noun) One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.
  7. (noun) One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.
  8. (v. t.) To provide with a father.
  9. (noun) A senator of ancient Rome.
  10. (noun) One of the chief esslesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers.
  11. (noun) 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.
  12. (noun) The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.
Word: fa·ther
Pronunciation of father: 'fä-[th]&r, 'f[a']-
Function of father: noun
Origin of father: Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; akin to Old High German fater father, Latin pater, Greek patEr
1 a : a man who has begotten a child; also : SIRE 3 b capitalized (1) : GOD 1 (2) : the first person of the Trinity
3 a : one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child b : an old man -- used as a respectful form of address
4 often capitalized : a pre-Scholastic Christian writer accepted by the church as an authoritative witness to its teaching and practice -- called also church father
5 a : one that originates or institutes <the father of modern science> b : SOURCE <the sun, the father of warmth and light -- Lena M. Whitney> c : PROTOTYPE
6 : a priest of the regular clergy; broadly : PRIEST -- used especially as a title
7 : one of the leading men (as of a city) -- usually used in plural
- fa·ther·hood /-"hud/ noun
- fa·ther·less /-l&s/ adjective
- fa·ther·like /-"lIk/ adjective or adverb

Synonyms of father

Beget, Begetter, Beginner, Engender, Forefather, Founder, Generate, Get, Mother, Padre, Sire,

Antonyms of father