pater

noun pa·ter

Definition of pater

1 play \ˈpä-ˌter\ often capitalized :paternoster
2 play \ˈpā-tər\
[Latin]
chiefly British :father

Examples of pater in a Sentence

  1. Pater had promised to pay for military school after third form.

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First Known Use of pater

14th century

pater Synonyms

Synonyms
dad, daddy, old man, pa, papa (also poppa), father [chiefly British], pop, sire
Related Words
paterfamilias, patriarch; father figure, father image; stepfather

Pater

biographical name Pa·ter \ ˈpā-tər \

Definition of Pater

Walter Horatio 1839–1894 English essayist and critic

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