father Definition

  • 1a male parent
  • 2a man who has begotten a child
  • 3a man who brings up and looks after a child

Using father: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "father" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My father is a doctor.

  • Example

    He is the father of three children.

  • Example

    He has been like a father to me since my dad passed away.

  • Example

    He is a great father and always puts his family first.

father Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for father

Antonyms for father

Idioms Using father

  • the most important or influential example of something


    The iPhone was the father of all smartphones.

  • to act as a father figure to someone


    After his father passed away, his uncle stepped in to be a father to him.

  • a father's son

    someone who is very similar to their father in personality or behavior


    He may look different, but he's definitely a father's son when it comes to his love of music.

Phrases with father

  • like father, like son

    used to say that a son has similar qualities or behaves in a similar way to his father


    John is a great musician, and his son is too. Like father, like son.

  • an older man who is respected and admired like a father


    After his own father passed away, he found a father figure in his uncle.

  • a title given to a man who is considered to be the leader of his country and to have had a major influence on its development


    Mahatma Gandhi is known as the father of the nation in India.

Origins of father

from Old English 'fæder'


Summary: father in Brief

The term 'father' [ˈfɑːðər] refers to a male parent who has begotten or raised a child. It is often used in phrases like 'like father, like son,' and idioms like 'the father of all something,' denoting the most important or influential example of something. 'Father' can also be used to describe a respected and admired older man, or a man who is considered to be the leader of his country.

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