Definition of père in US English:



  • Used after a surname to distinguish a father from a son of the same name.

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


French, literally ‘father’.