city father


Definition of city father

: a member (such as an alderman or councilman) of the governing body of a city

Examples of city father in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mahlon Gore, a former mayor, set out the trees on Gore Avenue, and another city father, Sam Robinson, followed suit on Magnolia Avenue, where his imposing 1884 home survives near Livingston Street. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 11 July 2021 The city fathers tried to stem the contamination by requiring crews suspected of infection to stay on the island of Lazzaretto for 40 days. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, 27 Feb. 2020 Implicated in this was Peter Faneuil, a city father and namesake of the market, whose vast fortune was made in part from the slave trade. Murray Whyte,, 17 Aug. 2019 The 19-room inn is set in a grand white Victorian mansion that was a wedding gift in 1882 from city father William Kelley to his daughter Daisy. Sharon Boorstin,, 30 June 2019 Padberg is talking about the Park River, which winds its way through Hartford, largely underground since city fathers buried it and built I-84 on top of it. Susan Dunne,, 14 June 2019 The building, which occupies a prominent corner on LeJeune Road opposite City Hall, is the last surviving commercial structure from the original business district created by revered city father George Merrick. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, 29 June 2018 In all, around $500,000 was raised for needy islanders and Coppini was summoned to Galveston to show his artwork to the city fathers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2018 In fact, when the Richmond and Sunset districts were being developed from a waste of sand dunes, the city fathers wanted to name the avenues that ran west to the ocean after Spanish saints. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of city father

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“City father.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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: someone who works for a city government


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