father

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\ \ [OE] Father is the English representative of a general Indo-European family of words for ‘male parent’. Its ancestor is Indo-European pətér, which probably originated (like the words for ‘mother’, and indeed like English daddy and papa and Welsh tadfather’) in prearticulate syllables interpreted by proud parents as words.
\ \ Its multifarious descendants include Greek patér, Latin pater (whence French père, Italian and Spanish padre – borrowed into English in the 16th century – and English pater, paternal, patriarch, patrician, patriot, and patron), Irish athair, Armenian hayr, German vater, Dutch vader, Swedish and Danish fader, and English father. A less obvious relation is perpetrate [16]; this comes ultimately from Latin perpetrāre, a derivative of the verb patrāre, which originally meant literally ‘perform or accomplish in the capacity of a father’.
\ \ Cf.PATERNAL, PATRIOT, PATRON, PERPETRATE

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