Definition of padre in US English:



  • 1The title of a priest or chaplain in some regions.

    • ‘And that's how the padre, and his church, started receiving help from Americans.’
    • ‘As the padre sat alongside the bed, he held the lad's hand.’
    • ‘Later the padre and I wheeled the brass eagle lectern from the church to St Oswald's Church, Fulford, where it is still used.’
    • ‘The countryside has changed little since Franciscan friars established the first of 22 missions in the area at the turn of the 18th century, and the native grapes were harvested for drinking at mass held by San Gabriel padres.’
    • ‘Also part of the park, this was the last of California's missions; it remains one of the best preserved, with a simple chapel, padres ' quarters, and a garden.’
    • ‘We had on the campus a little building which was the church, which we used as a little church, and we had our own padre, a young man by the name of Mike Brookes.’
    • ‘All in all it was a most enjoyable evening for a very popular and gentle padre.’
    • ‘After noon mass, I asked padre for the sacrament of anointing since I have a bad cold and needed my voice for the weekend.’
    • ‘College padre Father David Kelly told how Anglican-raised Mr Hilder had decided to make the move to Catholicism two years ago after feeling ‘stronger and stronger’ about his beliefs.’
    • ‘It was in a spot like this that Illyn experienced the epiphany that led him to become God's padre of wild places.’
    • ‘He is a humble man and a down-to-earth padre, who displays respect for all he serves with, regardless of rank or background.’
    • ‘She wrote to the padre of the nearby church, and he knew of the team investigating the nearby crash site.’
    • ‘While he is the Catholic Chaplain, and there are a number of other denominations among the coalition of the clergy, Father Pat believes the padres offer more than just spiritual guidance.’
    • ‘Following the Spanish conquest of Mexico, Roman Catholic priests, called ‘friars’ or padres, spread northward into what today are the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.’
    • ‘The farther west the preachers and padres rode the less evidence they found of Christianity, not just in the rail towns but also in the frontier settlements a day's ride from the depots.’
    • ‘He kept close to his side a Church of Scotland padre, the Reverend George Duncan, who inadvertently reinforced his sense of divine inspiration.’
    • ‘The heartening thing about this (bishops, take note) was that padre could preach on this and he was well-received.’
    1. 1.1informal A chaplain (typically a Roman Catholic chaplain) in any of the armed services.
      • ‘An Army padre was to lead the short service after a bugler played reveille.’
      • ‘Another veteran of the 1960 Rome Olympics taking part is the Rev Basil Pratt, who was an Army padre in the Falklands and the first Gulf War.’
      • ‘The Army's first full-time female padre, Chap Catie Inches-Ogden, believes that life offers opportunities and you have a choice to take them or not.’
      • ‘Fred, freshly ordained as a Presbyterian minister was about to start service as a patrolling padre for the Australian Inland Mission.’
      • ‘A Horsforth parachutist padre also made the news for his part in the Sicilian landings.’
      • ‘‘It was a most successful parade - US army padre Maj Gary Studniewski, on his first Anzac Day parade, spoke evocatively of the Anzac tradition,’ he said.’
      • ‘If our members can't get to London we may have a service at Christ Church, as the vicar Simon Stevenette is our branch padre.’
      • ‘The padre said a memorial service for the wider community to remember the men who died would be held in the future, possibly at the end of April.’
      • ‘Every year a padre comes in and trains us on the ethics of warfare - the Geneva Convention, the Hague Convention, the Nuremburg trials, etc.’
      • ‘A former Met police sergeant and the country's longest serving Territorial Army padre has become the new vicar of Amesbury.’
      • ‘An Army padre led the service with readings by several Defence personnel.’
      • ‘Prayers and dedication were led by branch padre, the Rev David Porter, and an Act of Homage was given by Ted Griffiths, who is president of the York Branch of the Royal British Legion.’
      • ‘Guidance provided by a unit chaplain can extend beyond religion and away from the barracks, with padres deploying to the field in support of the troops.’
      • ‘The Army padre led prayers for the war dead, their families, for the armed forces and for politicians in their efforts to create peace, during services held in a concrete aircraft hangar and a tented cookhouse.’
      • ‘She believed padres have an important role to play in the military, not just in counselling and providing spiritual support, but also in assisting the development of training programs for young people.’
      • ‘They were wed by special dispensation at St Mary's Church in Shrewton on Monday afternoon in a ceremony performed by Royal Yeomanry padre Simon Bloxam-Rose.’
      • ‘Retired army padre, Rex Hancock, blessed the hounds before the hunt.’
      • ‘Between 1934 and 1947 he made boots for the Army and the couple ran youth clubs and provided accommodation for retired padres recalled as a result of the war.’
      • ‘Yesterday James arrived at court with his mother, Janette, 49, uncle, Rhys Williams, 40, and John Duncan, a padre at the British Army base in Cyprus.’
      • ‘Earlier, Father Kevin Gleeson, a former padre at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate where Sgt Roberts was an instructor, recalled a dedicated soldier.’
      priest, chaplain, minister, minister of religion, pastor, father, parson, clergyman, cleric, ecclesiastic, man of god, man of the cloth, churchman, vicar, rector, curate, curé, divine, evangelist, preacher
      View synonyms


Late 16th century: from Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, literally ‘father, priest’, from Latin pater, patr- ‘father’.