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1. Used after a man's surname to distinguish a father from a son: Dumas père primarily wrote novels, while dramas occupied Dumas fils.
2. Père Roman Catholic Church Used as a title for a priest in a French-speaking area.
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père(pɛr; English pɛə)
an addition to a French surname to specify the father rather than the son of the same name: Dumas père. Compare fils1
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père(pɛr; Eng. pɛər)
n., pl. pères (per; Eng. pârz). French.
father: often used after a name with the meaning of Sr., as in Dumas père. Compare fils.
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