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
Synonym: forefather, sire
`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
Synonym: padre
(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 head of an organized crime family
Synonym: don
make (offspring) by reproduction
Abraham begot Isaac|John fathered four daughters
Antonym: mother