- father: often used after the surname, like English Senior: Alexandre Dumas père
- [P-] the title of certain priests
Origin of pèreFrench
- Used after a man's surname to distinguish a father from a son: Dumas père primarily wrote novels, while dramas occupied Dumas fils.
- Père Roman Catholic Church Used as a title for a priest in a French-speaking area.
Origin of pereFrench from Old French pedre from Latin pater ; see pəter- in Indo-European roots.
- Current usage of differentiating fathers and sons is borrowed from French; hence this term follows the name as it does in French grammar.