Definition of city father in US English:

city father

noun

usually city fathers
  • A person concerned with or experienced in the administration of a city.

    ‘the city fathers decided to build a museum’
    • ‘The city fathers must adopt new methods to levy the charcoal burners, motorists, fishmongers, vendors and all those engaged in economic activities and they will be surprised to see how their coffers will swell.’
    • ‘Rather like silly children who keep losing their dinner money, those useless city fathers somehow mislaid a thriving industrial base and half a million citizens.’
    • ‘No doubt his inclusion of the slogan of self-determination was designed to inveigle some voters in the municipality of which he is a city father.’
    • ‘Despite what its schmaltzy TV ads claim about the company's positive effects on local communities, LA's city fathers have a different view.’
    • ‘It's clear that our city fathers never placed much emphasis on cultivating a public square in Los Angeles - a gathering place either for celebrations or protests.’
    • ‘I feel a little bit dismayed that the city fathers here have not done more.’
    • ‘It should not take an investor to tell the city fathers that the roads are run down and full of potholes.’
    • ‘Lidos, or outdoor pools, were built in the Twenties and Thirties by city fathers inspired by the German obsession with outdoor physical exercise and sunshine.’
    • ‘Given the make-up of the borough council and some of the antics that our city fathers have previously engaged in, some might say it is naïve to expect too much co-operation among them.’
    • ‘His party colleague, who was more of a firebrand leader, served three separate terms as city father from 1974 to '75, '79 to '81 and '92 to '94.’
    • ‘Our city fathers should not wait for disease outbreaks before taking action and we believe that carrying out inspections does not need donor funds.’
    • ‘A greater threat to the Midland came from the city fathers in the fifties, when proposals were made, but then abandoned, to replace not just the Midland but Manchester Town Hall with something more up to date.’
    • ‘Can't they understand why the city fathers built them that way in the first place?’
    • ‘His stay cost the city fathers so much money they couldn't afford to finish the building until the 1760s.’
    • ‘The city fathers and government officials who had the foresight and courage to push through the investment in the water treatment system will one day be seen as visionaries.’
    • ‘Even city fathers expect the inspectors to be highly critical of their checking system.’
    • ‘If you ask me there's plenty of space already, but the city fathers are so determined to keep the place green and clean that they're planning to create 50% more parks.’
    • ‘Thanks to an infrastructure tax, city father foresight and the help of some influential friends, it has just opened a swimming and diving center that rivals the recreational water setting that surrounds it.’
    • ‘Now Glasgow's city fathers appear to be winning their last ditch struggle.’
    • ‘If that is its strategy, city fathers have a tough task ahead: as the owner of the Kings and Festival theatres, the council is already juggling programming to ensure differentiation.’

Pronunciation

city father

/ˈsɪdi ˈfɑðər/