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Topic: FAMILY

Language: Old English
Origin: fæder

father

1 noun
     
fa‧ther1 S1 W1 [countable]
1

parent

SSF a male parent:
Ask your father to help you.
Andrew was very excited about becoming a father.
He's been like a father to me.
a father of two/three/four etc (=a man with two, three etc children)
The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.
Steve recently became the proud father of a 7lb 12oz baby girl.
2

priest

RRC

Father

a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic church:
I have sinned, Father.
Father Devlin
Holy Father
3

fathers

[plural] people related to you who lived a long time ago [= ancestors]:
Our fathers were exiles from their native land.
forefather
4

god

Father

RRC a way of talking to or talking about God, used in the Christian religion:
5

the father of something

the man who was responsible for starting something:
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis.
6

from father to son

if property or skill passes from father to son, children receive it or learn it from their parents:
This is a district where old crafts are handed down from father to son.
7

like father like son

used to say that a boy behaves like his father, especially when this behaviour is bad
8

a bit of how's your father

British English informal the act of having sex - used humorously
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