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n. Chiefly British
chiefly facetious Brit a public school slang word for father
(Biography) Walter (Horatio). 1839–94, English essayist and critic, noted for his prose style and his advocation of the "love of art for its own sake". His works include the philosophical romance Marius the Epicurean (1885), Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873), and Imaginary Portraits (1887)
pa•ter(ˈpeɪ tər; for 2,3 also ˈpæt ər)
1. Brit. Informal. father.
2. (often cap.) paternoster.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin: father]
Walter Horatio, 1839–94, English critic and essayist.