\ ˈdad How to pronounce dad (audio) \
plural dads

Definition of dad

: a male parent : father sense 1a My mom swam and played soccer, my dad surfed, and my brother played basketball.— Shannon Griggs Don't get me wrong, I'm a good dad who maintains a cheerful household and greets parenthood with a smile and an open heart.— Ron Harris

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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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The hotel’s Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro will have an oceanfront prix fixe brunch for dad ($75 for adults, $25 for children 5-12, free for children under 4). Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Dining out on dad’s day? Here’s a guide to Father’s Day restaurant specials," 7 June 2019 My girlfriend’s dad, Kenny Chafetz, is from Detroit. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers add a bunch of 'dudes' who can hit through MLB draft," 7 June 2019 His dad, Bob Tallar, built a pipe organ in the family’s home. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Pies and the piper: Diners at Lansing pizzeria treated to tunes from 92-year-old theater organ twice a week," 6 June 2019 Her dad, 88, gave up driving about three years ago. Dallas News, "'Texas in my heart': Aging Tongans still call Euless home," 6 June 2019 Martin's dad, Kenyon Martin Sr., starred at UC during the Huggins era, and was in Westwood to congratulate Cronin when the Bruins introduced their new head coach. Dave Clark,, "Report: Kenyon Martin Jr., son of former UC Bearcats great, to skip college, play pro," 6 June 2019 Father's Day is approaching fast, and there's no one gift that will fit every dad, granddad or male figure in your life. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "17 gadgets that make perfect Father's Day gifts," 6 June 2019 Our kit men Neil and Richard are brilliant and created a special 100th cap jersey with Steph’s husband Stephen - and her mum, dad, brother and grandma came out to the pitch to surprise her and present the jersey., "Road to Women's World Cup: Lynne Cameron Reveals Stories of the Lionesses' Behind the Scenes Photos," 6 June 2019 The father of four had been an engine mechanic, stay-at-home dad, graphic designer and patrol officer. Tim Prudente,, "Speaking for baby Rose: How a Baltimore detective found his purpose investigating child abuse," 6 June 2019

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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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The first known use of dad was in 1533

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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