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 Uncle Phil, his character’s influential father figure, is concerned and makes his disgust with Lou known. Washington Post, "The story behind Will Smith’s iconic ‘hug’ scene in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’," 11 Sep. 2020 Lewis remembers Clyde stepping in as a father figure when his father was on the road. Alyssa Berry, USA TODAY, "After surviving Hurricane Laura, four Louisiana family members die of carbon monoxide poisoning," 2 Sep. 2020 Flashbacks show Mack as a lovable father figure to the wild young Ivan, even when his wife walks out on him. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'The One and Only Ivan' review: Angelina Jolie can't fix Disney+'s all-star critter conundrum," 18 Aug. 2020 He was seen as a stable father figure throughout decades of political turbulence, who worked to improve the lives of ordinary Thais and exercised moral authority. Helen Regan And Kocha Olarn, CNN, "Thailand's monarchy was long considered God-like. But protesters say it's time for change," 17 Aug. 2020 The book examines the bond between Prince Charles and his daughter-in-law Meghan, and according to friends close to the royals, the Duke of Cornwall has served as a supportive father figure to the duchess. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles Is a "Supportive" Father Figure to Meghan Markle," 13 Aug. 2020 Sure, these people kidnapped her mother and aunt for a decade and killed her only father figure, but something to that degree has basically happened to everyone alive in their universe at this point. Dalene Rovenstine, EW.com, "The 100 recap: Echo reveals her true intentions," 6 Aug. 2020 Highly intelligent Sophie detects the surveillance and blackmails JJ into, essentially, being her father figure. cleveland, "‘My Spy’ accomplishes its mission (review)," 26 June 2020 Your father figure's desk deserves cool accessories, too. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "30 Cheap Father's Day Gifts for Dad That Only Look Expensive," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of father figure

1916, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2020

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“Father figure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/father%20figure. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of father figure

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

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Medical Definition of father figure

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

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