fathership

noun fa·ther·ship \ ˈfät͟hə(r)ˌship , fȧt͟həˌsh- \

Definition of fathership

plural -s
:the quality or state of being a father; especially :the state of being the oldest member of a society or associated group (as the British House of Commons)

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Origin and Etymology of fathership

Middle English fadership, from fader + -ship


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