1The title of a priest or chaplain in some regions.
- 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.
- 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.
chaplain, priest, minister, pastor, father, parson, clergyman, cleric, ecclesiastic, man of the cloth, churchman, vicar, rector, curate, preacher
informal reverend, Holy Joe, sky pilot
Late 16th century: from Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, literally 'father, priest', from Latin pater, patr- 'father'.
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