ETYM Old Eng. fader, AS. faeder; akin to OS. fadar, Dutch vader, Old High Germ. fatar, German vater, Icel. fathir Swed. and Dan. fader, OIr. athir, Latin pater, Greek pathr, Skr. pitr, perh. from Skr. pâ protect. Related to Papa, Paternal, Patriot, Potential, Pablum.
1. A male parent (also used as a term of address to one's father); SYN. male parent, begetter.
2. A person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization.