father figure

noun
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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

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

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First Known Use of father figure

1916


FATHER FIGURE Defined for English Language Learners

father figure

noun

Definition of father figure for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

father figure

noun fa·ther figure \ ˈfät͟h-ər- \

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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