1. `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
2. (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
(synonym) Church Father, Father of the Church
(hypernym) theologian, theologist, theologizer, theologiser
(hyponym) Ambrose, Saint Ambrose, St. Ambrose
(classification) Christianity, Christian religion
3. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
(synonym) Father-God, Fatherhood
1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
(synonym) male parent, begetter
(antonym) mother, female parent
(hyponym) dad, dada, daddy, pa, papa, pappa, pater, pop
(derivation) beget, get, engender, mother, sire, generate, bring forth
2. the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
(synonym) forefather, sire
(hypernym) ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root
3. 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"
4. a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
(synonym) founder, beginner, founding father
(hypernym) originator, conceiver, mastermind
5. the head of an organized crime family
(hypernym) head, chief, top dog
1. make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
(synonym) beget, get, engender, mother, sire, generate, bring forth
(hypernym) make, create
(derivation) male parent, begetter