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

Definition of dad

: a male parent : father entry 1 sense 1 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 often used as a name When is Dad getting home?Dad, can you give me a ride?

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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 My dad was months away from becoming a priest and my mom was an elementary school principal. Lisa Tran, Bon Appétit, "Our Restaurant’s Name Means ‘New Beginnings.’ That’s Never Felt More True.," 12 Feb. 2021 Tom Brady occasionally showed up — his dad was a member — as did former PGA Tour pro Arron Oberholser, the 2006 AT&T champ. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giant strides: S.F. native Will Zalatoris soars in golf circles, savors Bay Area roots," 11 Feb. 2021 My dad is the cabin's most enthusiastic cheerleader. Star Tribune, "The cabin life in McGregor is a credit to 'tenacious' mom," 14 Jan. 2021 And so while dad is out there dealing with a blackmailer and myriad other loose threads, Adam settles into a café with a copy of Infinite Jest and winds up flirting with a gangster’s daughter. Scott Tobias, Vulture, "Your Honor Recap: Unknown Caller," 3 Jan. 2021 Joe’s daughter, Melissa Steven, said that’s just how her dad was. Author: Greg Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "Beloved Tuluksak musher and community leader Joe Demantle Jr. dies with COVID-19," 5 Feb. 2021 That’s because after my parents sold their Mexican-Spanish restaurant, my dad managed a California version of an Italian osteria-type restaurant with a menu that included the aforementioned dishes. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Give chicken piccata a spin with brown butter and fresh mandarins," 5 Feb. 2021 Growing up, my mom was a communications manager with the Newspaper Association of America, and my dad was the legislative director for Ron Dellums, a congressman from California. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Zora Stephenson, Milwaukee Bucks sideline reporter, talks about the team's Black History Month initiative," 4 Feb. 2021 Already, people have credited their son for being strong like his dad, following in his footsteps. Ko Bragg, USA TODAY, "‘The Three Mothers’ honors women who raised Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, James Baldwin," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Dad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


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