1. [ noun ] a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
Synonyms: begetter male_parent

"his father was born in Atlanta"

Related terms: mother mother parent dad old_man father-in-law beget
2. [ noun ] (religion,theology) an early writer accepted as an authority on the teachings and practices of the Christian church
Synonyms: Church_Father father_of_the_church
Related terms: theologian authority john_chrysostom basil Augustine eusebius_hieronymus gregory_nazianzen Christianity
3. [ verb ] make children
Synonyms: sire beget generate bring_forth mother engender get

"Abraham begot Isaac" "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

Related terms: make mother generation forefather sire
4. [ noun ] (Roman Catholic,religion,Christianity) `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
Synonyms: Padre
Related terms: priest
5. [ noun ] the founder of a family
Synonyms: forefather sire

"keep the faith of our forefathers"

Related terms: ancestor patriarch beget
6. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: leader
7. [ noun ] (religion,Christianity) God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
Synonyms: Father-God fatherhood

"hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"

Related terms: hypostasis
8. [ noun ] the head of an organized crime family
Synonyms: don
Related terms: head
9. [ noun ] (work) a person who founds or establishes some institution
Synonyms: founder founding_father beginner

"George Washington is the father of his country"

Related terms: originator cofounder foundress colonizer begin
Similar spelling:   Fader