Definition of padre in English:

padre

Syllabification: pa·dre
Pronunciation: /ˈpädrā
 
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noun

  • 1The title of a priest or chaplain in some regions.
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    • 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 (typically a Roman Catholic chaplain) in any of the armed services.
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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.
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Origin

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

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