founding father

noun
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of founding father

1 : an originator of an institution or movement : founder
2 often capitalized both Fs : a leading figure in the founding of the U.S.; specifically : a member of the American Constitutional Convention of 1787

Examples of founding father in a Sentence

  1. a tribute to Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and the other Founding Fathers

  2. Theodor Herzl is often credited as the founding father of modern Zionism.

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First Known Use of founding father

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FOUNDING FATHER Defined for English Language Learners

founding father

Definition of founding father for English Language Learners

  • : a person who helps to create or establish something : a person who founds something

  • : a man who had an important part in creating the government of the U.S.; specifically : a member of the American Constitutional Convention of 1787


Law Dictionary

founding father

noun, often capitalized both Fs found·ing fa·ther

legal Definition of founding father

: a leading figure in the founding of the U.S.; specifically : a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787


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