\ 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 nameWhen 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 mom teaches biology at Guyer, and my dad is an assistant principal at Lancaster. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Q&A with Denton Guyer’s Kaedric Cobbs: UTSA signee discusses his appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show and more," 21 May 2020 Stiller said his dad was ultra-supportive and often went to see his shows. Rachel Yang,, "Ben Stiller remembers calling late father Jerry during a bad LSD trip, plus other funny memories," 20 May 2020 In May of 1909, Dodd was at a Mother’s Day church service and realized that her dad was doing all the work that typically fell to women and mothers. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Meet the Man Who Inspired Father’s Day: A War Veteran and Single Dad with 14 Kids," 18 May 2020 My dad was an iceman and bartended part-time at the M&E Tavern on Scranton Road. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Jim’s Steak House: Readers’ memories flood back about classic restaurant," 17 May 2020 My dad is the first man in his family to go to college. Kevin Powell, Washington Post, "The Power of Stacey Abrams," 14 May 2020 In the parking lot of Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church, where my dad is the minister, family and friends came together this week to say goodbye to Terri. NBC News, "Terri Ahern was always there for her family. When she got COVID-19, they couldn't do the same.," 8 May 2020 The other was to be a high school football coach as my dad was. Ben Thomas |, al, "NFL QB Philip Rivers will take over as St. Michael head coach pending retirement," 8 May 2020 But no one other than her dad was severe enough to warrant testing. Cameron Knight,, "'We will get through this': Burlington family of 8 battles through coronavirus, together," 6 May 2020

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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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


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