Definition of founding father in English:

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founding father

Pronunciation: /ˌfoundiNG ˈfäT͟Hər/


1A person who starts or helps to start a movement or institution.
Example sentences
  • The founding fathers of the European movement had lofty aims in seeking to avoid ever again the terrible wars that have ravaged our continent in the past.
  • Father's Day was the perfect day to pay such historic tribute to the founding fathers of the steelband movement.
  • More important, however, he never became a founding father of republican institutions in the Old World.
1.1 (Founding Father) A member of the convention that drew up the US Constitution in 1787.
Example sentences
  • The creation of the presidency was the linchpin of the work of the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  • Some have asserted that the Founding Fathers meant for the Constitution to be understood as a Christian document of governance for a Christian nation.
  • It's hard to imagine this proposal will get enough support to be added to the Constitution - fortunately the Founding Fathers made it extremely difficult to amend.

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Syllabification: found·ing fa·ther

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