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[pah-drey, -dree; Spanish pah-th re; Italian pah-dre] /ˈpɑ dreɪ, -dri; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛ; Italian ˈpɑ drɛ/
noun, plural padres
[pah-dreyz, -dreez; Spanish pah-th res] /ˈpɑ dreɪz, -driz; Spanish ˈpɑ ðrɛs/ (Show IPA),
[Italian pah-dree] /Italian ˈpɑ dri/ (Show IPA)
father (used especially in addressing or referring to a priest or member of the clergy).
a chaplain in military or naval service.
Origin of padre
1575-85; < Spanish, Portuguese, Italian: father < Latin pater Unabridged
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noun (informal) (sometimes capital)
father: used to address or refer to a clergyman, esp a priest
a chaplain to the armed forces
Word Origin
via Spanish or Italian from Latin pater father
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Word Origin and History for padre

"priest, chaplain," 1580s, from Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese padre, from Latin patrem (nominative pater) "father" (see father (n.)). The title of the regular clergy in those languages. Papar was the name the Norse gave to Irish monks whom they found in Iceland when they arrived.

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Any military chaplain

[1898+; fr Spanish or Portuguese, ''father, priest'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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