One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British dated, informal Father.‘the pater gives her fifty pounds a year as a dress allowance’
mother, fatherView synonyms
- ‘‘How beautiful,’ said your mum to your pater. ‘If only you could be noble like that occasionally.’’
- ‘Unfortunately, however, by the time pater returns from his day at the type face, father and son are more often than not no longer co-ordinated in the pants department.’
- ‘His narrator hotfoots it to Shanghai, where he was brought up, to solve the mystery of his missing mater and pater.’
- ‘He would teach Charles, the eldest of the three, to master chess, a nonsensical game his prating pater really could not stand.’
A person's legal father.Often contrasted with genitor
- ‘A limited number of individuals may claim ownership of the estates of both their pater and genitor.’
- ‘We look at the previous offspring of the pater.’
- ‘People do not claim to own more than one small-scale name, unless their pater is distinct from their genitor.’
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