\ 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Then Nicole discovered her dad had a second cell phone. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Chacey Poynter, convicted in husband's murder says, "He wasn't supposed to die"," 18 Jan. 2020 From the ninth grade, Matteo said, college counselors, moms and dads drilled a message into students: College, and a good one, was the goal. Jennifer Levitz And Melissa Korn, WSJ, "‘Why Didn’t You Believe in Me?’ The Family Reckoning After the College Admissions Scandal," 17 Jan. 2020 Texas moms and dads encouraged their sons to stay reasonably close to home. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Now 0 for 6 in CFP national championship appearances, is there reason to think change is on the way for the Big 12?," 14 Jan. 2020 This was really bringing back memories of watching The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. with my dad. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "The Mandalorian Could Use a Watson," 11 Jan. 2020 Growing up, Sturm's dad had hunting dogs and mom had competitive obedience dogs. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Engaged Oconomowoc dog trainers will be on A&E's new show 'America's Top Dog'," 8 Jan. 2020 Roosevelt Grier and Harry Belafonte have a song about how moms and dads can be doctors. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "John Mulaney Is Not So Square," 7 Jan. 2020 Off the clock, moms and dads protected the perimeters around their families. Washington Post, "A new year’s resolution to set better work boundaries," 26 Dec. 2019 She was never told of his being incarcerated, only that dad was away on business. Patrick Sauer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’," 24 Dec. 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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dad.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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