(noun, verb)


1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)

- his father was born in Atlanta

Similar word(s): begetter

Definition categories: person, parent

2. the founder of a family

- keep the faith of our forefathers

Similar word(s): forefather, sire

Definition categories: person, ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root

3. `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

Similar word(s): padre

Definition categories: person, title, priest

4. (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

Definition categories: person, theologian, theologist, theologizer

5. 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

Definition categories: person, leader

6. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity

- hear our prayers, Heavenly Father

Similar word(s): fatherhood

Definition categories: person

7. a person who founds or establishes some institution

- George Washington is the father of his country

Similar word(s): beginner, founder

Definition categories: person, conceiver, mastermind, originator

8. the head of an organized crime family

Similar word(s): don

Definition categories: person, chief, head

Sentences with father as a noun:

- My father was a strong influence on me.

- My friend Tony just became a father.

- Come, father; you can sit here.

- My brother was a father to me after my parents got divorced.

- The child is father to the man.

- Albert Einstein is the father of modern physics.


1. make (offspring) by reproduction

- John fathered four daughters

Similar word(s): beget, engender, generate, get, mother, sire

Definition categories: body, create, make