founding father

noun

Definition of founding father

  1. 1 :  an originator of an institution or movement :  founder

  2. 2 often capitalized both Fs :  a leading figure in the founding of the United States; 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.>

1914

First Known Use of founding father

1914


FOUNDING FATHER Defined for English Language Learners

founding father

noun

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


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founding father

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

Legal Definition of founding father

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


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