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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Father. Used as a form of address for a priest in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
  • n. Informal A military chaplain.
  • n. Chiefly British A parson.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A military clergyman.
  • n. A Roman Catholic or Anglican priest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Christian priest or monk; used as a term of address for priests in some churches (especially Roman or Orthodox Catholic in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America); -- also used in the American military.
  • n. In India (from the Portuguese), any Christian minister; also, a priest of the native region.
  • n. A chaplain in one of the military services.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Father: used with reference to priests in Spain, Italy, Mexico, southwestern United States, South America, etc.
  • n. A minister of any Christian denomination or a native priest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a chaplain in one of the military services
  • n. `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military

Etymologies

Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese, all from Latin pater, patr-, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian, Spanish, Portuguese padre ("priest"), from Latin pater ("father"), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr. (Wiktionary)

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