One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used after a surname to distinguish a father from a son of the same name.‘Alexandre Dumas père’Compare with fils
- ‘Gates père hits the book circuit soon to promote his upcoming treatise on preserving the estate tax.’
- ‘He later voted for Ronald Reagan, and for Bush père.’
- ‘Jones père kept moving around Los Angeles, hoping that a new house would bring him luck.’
- ‘Students of Murdoch père should not have been too surprised at the business operandi adopted by his son.’
- ‘Holloran père attempts to fight them off downstairs, while the missus and Holloran fils take refuge on higher ground.’
French, literally ‘father’.
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