Definition of padre in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːdreɪ/


1The title of a priest or chaplain in some countries.
Example sentences
  • While he is the Catholic Chaplain, and there are a number of other denominations among the coalition of the clergy, Father Pat believes the padres offer more than just spiritual guidance.
  • College padre Father David Kelly told how Anglican-raised Mr Hilder had decided to make the move to Catholicism two years ago after feeling ‘stronger and stronger’ about his beliefs.
  • It was in a spot like this that Illyn experienced the epiphany that led him to become God's padre of wild places.
1.1 informal A chaplain in the armed services: we had some very good padres in the service
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  • Fred, freshly ordained as a Presbyterian minister was about to start service as a patrolling padre for the Australian Inland Mission.
  • An Army padre led the service with readings by several Defence personnel.
  • Guidance provided by a unit chaplain can extend beyond religion and away from the barracks, with padres deploying to the field in support of the troops.
1.2 (also padri) Indian A Christian priest: [as title]: Padre Saheb’s gardener told me he was dead
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  • But that was after the Padres and Indians were on speaking terms in more senses than one.
  • Perhaps it was this little performance that prompted the author to fulfill the pledge of his title and make this guide to the missions a really intimate one; by supplying us with colorful descriptions and humorous legends concerning the setting, customs and lives of the Padres and their Indian followers.


Late 16th century: from Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, literally 'father, priest', from Latin pater, patr- 'father'.

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