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

Current School Board member Steve Gallon said Stinson was a father figure to him. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Former Miami-Dade School Board member, 81, bewilders community after bizarre Sunday," 3 June 2019 That’s as good of a reason as any to set aside a special day to honor good fathers — and good father figures. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Is Father’s Day obsolete? Don’t let the trolls fool you.," 14 June 2019 From teaching us how to ride bikes and laying down the rules, to simply being a soft place to land, always, the fathers and father figures in our lives deserve a little appreciation too. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "7 Gadgets To Gift Every Kind of Dad on Father's Day," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of father figure

1916, in the meaning defined above

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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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