Definition of père de famille in US English:

père de famille

noun

  • Originally and frequently in French contexts: a father, regarded as the head of a family or household.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849), novelist and educationist. From French père de famille from père + de + famille, probably after classical Latin paterfamiliās paterfamilias.

Pronunciation

père de famille

/ˌpɛː də faˈmiː/