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
a tribute to Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and the other Founding Fathers
Theodor Herzl is often credited as the founding father of modern Zionism.
First Known Use of founding father
FOUNDING FATHER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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