\ˈdad \

Definition of dad 

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Synonyms for dad


daddy, father, old man, pa, papa (also poppa), 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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One more fun fact: Parkey’s dad attended high school in Naperville and grew up a Bears fan. Dan Wiederer,, "Will Pat O'Donnell respond to competition in fight to stick with Bears?," 13 July 2018 In a now-viral video, Hailey’s dad Stephen Baldwin is seen introducing his daughter to the Despacito singer backstage at the Today show. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Everything to Know About Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s Engagement," 9 July 2018 The cast — which also memorably includes Denis Conway as Padraic’s dad and Chris Walley as the young idiot next door — effortlessly conveys the illogical logic and perverse mundanity of the dialogue. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 Grimes: Growing up, my dad was a pretty good cook and a lot of 16-year-olds get their first job in restaurants. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Chef's Choice: World travel inspires exotic dishes for Che Figata chef," 27 June 2018 While everyone was enjoying a social media onslaught of tributes to dad, the singer and father of two took the opportunity to thank his other half. Blake Bakkila,, "Only John Legend Would Share a Father’s Day Tribute to His Wife While She’s Topless and Breast Pumping," 18 June 2018 My dad was both proud of and a little embarrassed by Vacation. Violet Ramis Stiel, Town & Country, "Violet Ramis on Her Dad Harold Ramis's Uncredited Contribution to National Lampoon Vacation—And What He Wanted It to Say About Fatherhood," 15 June 2018 Luckey grew up in Long Beach, California; his dad was a car salesman, and his mother homeschooled him and his three sisters. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018 The formula lathers nicely into an even coat and is nourishing for your dad's coarse facial hair. Amanda Arevalo, Allure, "Dermstore Is Having a Huge Sale on Grooming Products and Gifts for Father's Day," 11 June 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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one that holds something together

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