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.

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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 But … the curmudgeonly father figure of TV lore was surrounded only by people on his payroll. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed. It also shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable.," 27 Apr. 2018 The only father figures in Crazy Rich Asians, Ken Jeong’s Goh Wye Mun and Ronny Chieng’s Eddie Cheng, provide comic relief. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Yeoh Hopes Crazy Rich Asians Will Turn the Trickle of Diversity in Hollywood "Into a Stream"," 27 Aug. 2018 Lisa’s longtime psychiatrist became a trustworthy father figure, as did a sympathetic neighbor. Donna Rifkind, WSJ, "‘Small Fry’ Review: Coming of Age in Silicon Valley," 6 Sep. 2018 Instead of trying out new tricks, returning director Peyton Reed sticks to what works: Paul Rudd's comedic chemistry as Scott Lang with reluctant father figure Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and love interest Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is pretty much exactly like the first movie, and that's a good thing," 2 July 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

father figure

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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