One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally and frequently in French contexts: a father, regarded as the head of a family or household.
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.
père de famille/ˌpɛː də faˈmiː/
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