One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person's biological father.Often contrasted with pater
mother, fatherView synonyms
- ‘People do not claim to own more than one small-scale name, unless their pater is distinct from their genitor.’
- ‘Children are typically given the name of their genitors regardless of the type of mating arrangement.’
- ‘A limited number of individuals may claim ownership of the estates of both their pater and genitor.’
- ‘The plot is a complex intercontinental ‘quest for the father’ which inexorably transforms itself into a manhunt where said ‘father’ turns out to be a murderous, unnatural genitor.’
- ‘Rather John's genitor was another man, with other land-owning interests, and consequently John's own real land-owning interests were elsewhere.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘father’): from Old French geniteur or Latin genitor, from the root of gignere ‘beget’. The current sense dates from the mid 20th century.
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