father figure

noun

: a person often of particular power or influence who serves as an emotional substitute for a father

Example Sentences

The coach was a stern, wise father figure to his players.
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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of father figure was in 1916

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“Father figure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/father%20figure. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

father figure

noun

fa·​ther figure ˈfät͟h-ər- How to pronounce father figure (audio)
: one often of particular power or influence who serves as an emotional substitute for a father

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