pere

père

[per; English pair]
noun, plural pères [per; English pairz] . French.
2.
senior: Dumas père.
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père (pɛr, English pɛə)
 
n
Compare fils an addition to a French surname to specify the father rather than the son of the same name: Dumas père

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pere
1619, "a French priest," from Fr. père "father," from L. patrem (nom. pater), see father. Attached to a name, to distinguish father from son of the same name, from 1802.
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