A father is a man who has children or is responsible for raising children.

  • Samuel is a father of three.
  • He’s been a father for over ten years.
  • He enjoys fatherhood. (fatherhood = a situation in which a man participates in raising children)
  • In a wedding ceremony, the father of the bride gives his daughter away to her new husband.
  • A step-father is a man who marries a woman with children. He becomes a step-father to the children.
  • What does your father do for a living? (This is a common question that kids ask each other about their fathers.)


A father is responsible for raising his children.

A Catholic priest is given the title of "Father." This is also a title given to God.

  • Father Mike is our priest.
  • He’s the father at our church.
  • Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…" (an excerpt from a Christian prayer)

The words "dad" and "daddy" are common substitutes for the word "father."

  • Jessica’s dad drove her to school this morning.
  • What does your dad do for a living?
  • Timmy looks forward to seeing his daddy arrive home from a three-week business trip.

The word "father" can be used as a verb. In this case, it indicates a man’s involvement in the production of a child.

  • Darryl has fathered a child.
  • Wesley fathered two children before he left his wife.
  • Men who father children must take responsibility for raising them.

The father or your father is your grandfather or grandpa.

  • My grandfather was a fire fighter.
  • Lester likes to go fishing with his grandpa.
  • Pedro’s great-grandfather moved to the United States in 1926. (great-grandfather = father of your grandfather)

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Orginally published on July 9, 2016.

Updated on July 15, 2019