Meaning of father

Definition of father

(noun) a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
`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
(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
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"
God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
the act of saying farewell

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