padre

noun
pa·​dre | \ ˈpä-(ˌ)drā How to pronounce padre (audio) , -drē How to pronounce padre (audio) \

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/padre. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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padre

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How to pronounce padre (audio) How to pronounce padre (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of padre

informal
: a Christian priest
: a Christian clergyman who works in the military

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