\ˈdad \

Definition of dad 

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Synonyms for dad


daddy, father, old man, pa, papa (also poppa), pater [chiefly British], pop, sire

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Examples of dad in a Sentence

Her mom and dad both said she can't go. my dad did most of the cooking for dinner because he usually got home earlier than my mom

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That was where she and my dad were married in 1939. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Give Their Best Advice for Keeping Your Loved One Active and Engaged," 5 Dec. 2018 Could these sporty glasses be the dad sneaker of 2019? Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore an "Ugly" Fashion Trend and Made It Look So Chic," 28 Nov. 2018 No amount of funny dad jokes or shirtless scenes is going to make up for that. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "I've Had It With Randall on This Is Us," 28 Nov. 2018 The Young children then showed the Sharks their dad's audition video. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Shark Tank' Episode Honoring a Late 9/11 Firefighter Left Everyone in Tears," 22 Oct. 2018 Ben woke up to a championship basketball game, Angie to a symphony, and their dad to a rooster crowing. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How Does Disney's Smart House Compare To Today's Smart Home Technology?," 7 Aug. 2018 Matthew Hurt, a five-star, 6-foot-9 forward from Minnesota, has a great uncle on his dad's side who lives in Louisville, and his father grew up in Murray. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "He has local ties, but U of L faces tough competition for Matthew Hurt," 14 July 2018 Michael's daughter, Christine Ross recorded the sweet moment her dad took his big dive. Kamron Taylor, USA TODAY, "95-year-old Air Force veteran shows little boy how to be brave," 11 July 2018 My dad spent most of his weekday hours working with people, managing the meat department of a grocery store. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of dad

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dad

probably baby talk

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

: a person's father


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living or existing for a long time

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