\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for dad


daddy, father, old man, pa, papa (also poppa), pater [chiefly British], pop, sire

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Thank you so much, @Google for honouring dad with his own #GoogleDoodle all over the world. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died," 22 Feb. 2019 Leicester City season ticket holder Fiona Sturgess got the deets from Kate about the nickname Prince George and Princess Charlotte have for their dad. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Prince George And Princess Charlotte Have an Adorable Nickname for Prince William," 28 Nov. 2018 The 26-year-old pilot just spent that much time in the air with her dad, flying a turboprop plane from Colorado Springs to some 23 different countries around the world, including Iceland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan, and South Africa. Condé Nast Traveler, "This 26-Year-Old Pilot Flew Halfway Around the World: Women Who Travel Podcast," 26 Nov. 2018 Growing up in a homogeneous community in Pennsylvania, the concept of marrying an African-American woman was not on the cards for my dad. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Who Is Meghan Markle's Father, Thomas Markle Sr.?," 16 July 2018 When The Voice premieres later this month, could these two dads bring their kids on set? Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Adam Levine Made a Rare Appearance With His Baby Daughter During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 Nanci went on to meet her birth mother and connected with relatives on her dad's side and received medical information that has been extremely important for her health and that of her daughter. Fiona Tapp, SELF, "What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted," 18 Jan. 2019 Joan helped Cheyenne navigate not only pregnancy issues, but also the tragic loss of her dad just before Raelyn's birth (Cheyenne's mom passed away when Cheyenne was 5). Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 In the pic, North West cuddles up to Kanye West and gives her smiling dad a kiss on the cheek. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Is Getting Mom-Shamed Again for Straightening North West’s Hair," 24 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dad.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dad

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dad

probably baby talk

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dad

Dictionary Entries near dad








Statistics for dad

Last Updated

5 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dad

The first known use of dad was in 1533

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dad



English Language Learners Definition of dad

informal : a person's father


\ ˈdad How to pronounce dad (audio) \

Kids Definition of dad

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dad

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dad

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dad

Spanish Central: Translation of dad

Nglish: Translation of dad for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of dad for Arabic Speakers

Comments on dad

What made you want to look up dad? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the range of authority or knowledge

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!