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père

[per; English pair] /pɛr; English pɛər/
noun, plural pères
[per; English pairz] /pɛr; English pɛərz/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
2.
senior:
Dumas père.
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père

/pɛr; English pɛə/
noun
1.
an addition to a French surname to specify the father rather than the son of the same name Dumas père Compare fils1
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Word Origin and History for pere

1610s, "a French priest," from French père "father," from Latin patrem (nominative pater); see father (n.). Attached to a name, to distinguish father from son of the same name, from 1802.

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