father figure


Definition of father figure

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

Examples of father figure in a Sentence

The coach was a stern, wise father figure to his players.
Recent Examples on the Web And one that was in need of a father figure, of a family. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 31 Aug. 2021 So while most saw the steely and stoic old-school coach who patrolled the sidelines, others noticed a nurturing and thoughtful father figure. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 23 July 2021 Harbour's favorite moment came when Natasha forced her fake father figure, Alexei, to reckon with his past as Russia's only super-soldier, the Red Guardian, through a broken action figure of himself. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 13 July 2021 Huong finds employment and meets Vinh, a kindly car salesman who begins to care for her and tries to be a father figure to her sons. Stefanie Milligan, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 July 2021 Michael is such a warm, welcoming family guy with a strong Chicago accent and he’s like the father figure. Deborah Evans Price, Billboard, 8 July 2021 Fitzpatrick, a longtime city worker who looked up to Johnson as a father figure, performed unpaid work in the ward for about six weeks in 2010, according to court records. John Caniglia, cleveland, 19 July 2021 Edwards would serve as a CEO-type who would be a father figure for college kids and mentor young coaches. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 18 June 2021 Both Collins and regular Combo drummer Michael Bland cited Franze as a father figure in both their professional and personal lives. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'father figure.' 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 father figure

1916, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About father figure

Time Traveler for father figure

Time Traveler

The first known use of father figure was in 1916

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near father figure

father family

father figure

Father Hugo's rose

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for father figure

Last Updated

9 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Father figure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/father%20figure. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for father figure

father figure


English Language Learners Definition of father figure

: an older man who is respected and admired like a father

father figure

fa·​ther figure | \ ˈfät͟h-ər- How to pronounce father figure (audio) \

Medical Definition of father figure

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

More from Merriam-Webster on father figure

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for father figure


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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