What is father?

  • (noun): '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
    See also — Additional definitions below

Father

A father (or dad) is defined as a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering". Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male).

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Some articles on father:

Olenus
... was the name of several individuals Olenus, son of Hephaestus and father of Helike and Aex, two nurses of infant Zeus ... Olenus, father of Tectaphus the Lapith ... Olenus, a Lelegian, father of Phoceus ...
Sima Qian - As Han Court Official
... That year, his father fell ill and could not attend the Imperial Feng Sacrifice ... Fueled by his father's inspiration, Sima Qian started to compile Shiji in 109 BC ... Three years after the death of his father, Sima Qian became the Grand Historian ...
Oeagrus
... He was also sometimes called the father of Marsyas ... In the version that places Oeagrus in Pieria, his father is given as King Pierus and Methone ... Oeagrus is given as the father of Orpheus with mother Calliope (sometimes Apollo is given as the father), and he is described as "a Thracian wine-god, who was ...
Álvaro Uribe - Early Life and Education
... His father Alberto Uribe Sierra was a wealthy landowner ... Uribe's father was killed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas during a 1983 kidnapping attempt ... After his father's death, Álvaro Uribe focused his political career and became a member of the center-left Colombian Liberal Party ...
Paul McCartney - Childhood
... His father, James ("Jim") McCartney, was absent from his son's birth due to his work as a volunteer firefighter during World War II ... Though the children were baptised in their mother's Roman Catholic faith, their father, a former Protestant turned agnostic, felt Catholic schools sacrificed the education of their students for the sake of their ... A trumpet player and pianist who led Jim Mac's Jazz Band in the 1920s, McCartney's father kept an upright piano in the front room, and he encouraged his sons to be musical ...

More definitions of "father":

  • (noun): (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 Lation Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom.
    Synonyms: Church Father, Father of the Church
  • (noun): A male parent (also used as a term of address to your father).
    Example: "His father was born in Atlanta"
    Synonyms: male parent, begetter
  • (noun): God when considered as the first person in the Trinity.
    Example: "Hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
    Synonyms: Father-God, Fatherhood
  • (noun): A person who founds or establishes some institution.
    Example: "George Washington is the father of his country"
    Synonyms: founder, beginner, founding father
  • (noun): The head of an organized crime family.
    Synonyms: don
  • (noun): A person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization.
    Example: "The tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"

Famous quotes containing the word father:

    But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 15:20.

    His father watched him across the gulf of years and pathos which always must divide a father from his son.
    —J.P. (John Phillips)

    You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.... The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)