\ 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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Born in Lebanon in 1964 to an English mom and a Chinese-Hawaiian dad, Keanu eventually settled in Canada with his family and began acting at the ripe old age of 9. Aja Romano, Vox, "Keanu Reeves, explained," 16 Aug. 2019 The low-budget amateur works full-time for his dad, Gearld Denney of Ramona, at Denney Tree Service. Ramona Sentinel, "Denney has high hopes of winning motorcycle contest," 15 Aug. 2019 Her dad, Charles, is a successful real estate developer; her maternal grandfather, Sir Jocelyn Stevens, was a publishing magnate; her grandmother, Janie Sheffield, was Princess Margaret’s lady-in-waiting. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Bares All," 13 Aug. 2019 Just a regular day at a fair for a dad who happens to be running for president and is very much in need of more attention. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Julián Castro works the Iowa State Fair, issues 'plan to disarm hate' after El Paso rampage," 9 Aug. 2019 Brian is a stay-at-home dad, only slightly jealous of his wife's fame and success. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'BH 90210' recap: Welcome to the surreal world," 7 Aug. 2019 In September 2007, Summers flew there with his dad to tour the facility. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet," 7 Aug. 2019 Ted is a chill dad who has no idea that his children literally fight monsters everyday or who seemingly has no idea how frustrated his wife is. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here’s How "Stranger Things" Star Joe Chrest Brought Ted Wheeler To Life," 5 Aug. 2019 The heir apparent smiled, and tightly crossed both arms across her chest, securely cradling all the love in her heart for a dad that just happened to own the Broncos since 1984. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Why Brittany Bowlen is the heir apparent to fill void at Broncos headquarters left by the late, great Mr. B," 4 Aug. 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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