father figure

noun

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.

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So grab the father figure in your life and get ready to either laugh or suffer from second hand embarrassment with some of these jokes. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Hilarious Dad Jokes That’ll Make You Die Laughing," 9 May 2019 Joe, who has his own issues with father figures, can actually relate to the idea of a disappointing dad. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "You, now streaming on Netflix, tilts the rom-com into postmodern horror," 27 Dec. 2018 Whether sauntering the streets of Paris, Milan or Manhattan, Jenner has swapped her acrylic heels and strappy stilettos for a substantial white Adidas sneaker that recalls more than one 80's TV father figure. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Secret For Mile Long Legs Includes a Pair of $1,500 Adidas Sneakers," 24 July 2018 Wilson is a client of a political consultant prominent in the report and once called him a father figure. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "State Grand Jury: Attorney General impeded corruption probe," 9 Oct. 2018 Many a person would tell you that dad became a mentor and a father figure in their life. WSJ, "Transcript of George W. Bush’s Eulogy of His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 Many a person would tell you that Dad became a mentor and a father figure in their life. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of President George W. Bush's Eulogy for His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 On the whole, these programs help ensure that American children – especially those at the highest risk of living apart from their fathers – grow up in households where their fathers or father figures are positively involved from the very beginning. Joyce Y. Lee And Shawna J. Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Study: Fathers are forgotten by parenting programs," 17 June 2018 But 'La U' has his heart because that was the club supported by Jose Delaigue, an uncle who stepped in as a father figure after his biological father abandoned the family. SI.com, "Alexis Sanchez Hints at Ending His Club Career in Native Chile," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of father figure

1916, in the meaning defined above

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father figure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of father figure

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

father figure

noun
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

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