padre

noun
pa·​dre | \ˈpä-(ˌ)drā, -drē \

Definition of padre 

1 : a Christian clergyman especially : priest

2 : a military chaplain

First Known Use of padre

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for padre

Spanish or Italian or Portuguese, literally, father, from Latin pater — more at father

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padre

noun

English Language Learners Definition of padre

: a Christian priest

: a Christian clergyman who works in the military

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