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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A shameful flock formed round the padre.
▪ Approaching the car I was driving, he reproved me, saying that a padre ought to know better.
▪ For those who liked to go to church there were padres of several denominations and candles and a camp-built altar.
▪ The padre take the tongue and pop!
▪ The padre, Horrocks, came and stood with them.
▪ The padres, to explain all this, invented two myths of their own.
▪ We had some very good padres in the service.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Padre \Pa"dre\ (p[aum]"dr[=a]), n.; pl. Sp. & Pg. Padres (p[aum]"dr[=a]s); It. Padri (p[aum]"dr[=e]). [Sp., Pg., & It., fr. L. pater father. See Father.]

  1. A Christian priest or monk; used as a term of address for priests in some churches (especially Roman or Orthodox Catholic in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Spanish America); -- also used in the American military.

    Syn: Father.

  2. In India (from the Portuguese), any Christian minister; also, a priest of the native region.

  3. A chaplain in one of the military services.

    Syn: military chaplain, Holy Joe, sky pilot.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"priest, chaplain," 1580s, from Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese padre, from Latin patrem (nominative pater) "father" (see father (n.)). The title of the regular clergy in those languages. Papar was the name the Norse gave to Irish monks whom they found in Iceland when they arrived.


n. 1 A military clergyman. 2 A Roman Catholic or Anglican priest.

  1. n. a chaplain in one of the military services [syn: military chaplain, Holy Joe, sky pilot]

  2. `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military [syn: Father]


The Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation (PADRE) is a European-based scientific-technical association dedicated to acid mine water related topics.

Padre (software)

Padre (short for "Perl Application Development and Refactoring Environment") is a multi-language software development platform comprising an IDE and a plug-in system to extend it. It is written primarily in Perl and is used to develop applications in this language.

Padre is written in Perl 5 but can be extended by any language running on top of the Parrot virtual machine, such as Perl 6, through its plug-in system and its integration with Parrot. The development officially started in June 2008 but Padre has reused components that have been available on CPAN, and the latest version of Padre is itself always available on CPAN. Most importantly, it uses the Perl bindings of wxWidgets for the windowing system, and PPI to correctly parse and highlight Perl and to allow refactoring. The primary advantages of Padre for Perl developers is that full and easy access to the source code of their editor is available, and a unique set of "Perl intuition" features that allow the IDE to understand details about project structure and content without needing to be told by the user.

Usage examples of "padre".

He went there in search of you in the course of following up on a tale you had told a certain Padre Bateleur on Samstead.

We engaged via space-minus in a most interesting exchange, part of which involved the counselor graciously allowing us to view the transcript of your conversation with Padre Bateleur, the same conversation that moved the counselor to go looking for you himself.

The substance of your dreams, Flinx, as related to Padre Bateleur only serve to strengthen our hypothesis.

El Rei, para que possa mandar um exercito que, se desfiler pelo deserto e pelas montonhas e mesmo sobrepujar os bravos Kukuanes e suas artes diabolicas, pelo que se deviam trazer muitos padres Far o Rei mais rico depois de Salomao Com meus proprios olhos ve os di amantes sem conto guardados nas camaras do thesouro de Salomao a traz da morte branca, mas pela traicao de Gagoal a feiticeira achadora, nada poderia levar, e apenas a minha vida.

Despues que sale de comer y para descansar an poco, y mientras descansa salen fuera los que assisten en la casa del Padre, y los que trabajan dentro en algunas obras y tamvien el Sachristan y el cosinero: todos estos salen fuera y quando no se toca la campana estan serradas las puertas, y solo un viejo es el que cuida de las puertas, y quando vuelvan a tocar la campana, vuelve este a abrirlas para que vuelvan a entrar los que trabajan dentro, y el Padre Coge el Brebiario no a ir a parte ninguna.

Padre Corbelan had got hold of that reckless Italian, the Capataz de Cargadores, the only man fit for such an errand, and had sent a message through him.

Padre Mendoza horse races, and a bullfight, in which Diego himself made several passes with the cape before the professional torero entered the ring.

That did not appear to mollify the padres, still fizzing and sputtering.

Silvio, nelle sue caccie verso le paludi pontine, soleva fermarsi, passando, in casa del buon Marcello, padre di Camilla, a poca distanza di Roma.

Don Miguel Briones, Comandante of the Presidio of Todos Santos, at present hidden in the fog, and the very reverend and pious Padre Esteban, of the Mission of Todos Santos, likewise invisible.

Pretty soon Padre Sinkovich, who had unearthed enough skeletons to start a mail-order Hal-loween business, was staggering around with bloodshot delirious eyes, furiously booting innumerable bones every which way as the magnificent tintinnabulation somewhere down there literally drove him bananas.

Padre Romero went to Asuncion and displayed his Bulls and his orders of the Council, and the Governor withdrew his claims.

The valley, not far from San Pedro de Atacama, was discovered by a priest by the name of padre Gustavo Le Paige.

Il cardinale lo aveva incaricato pure di fargli sapere che nel suo testamento lo avrebbe fatto padrone degli immensi suoi beni e rimesso anche in possesso di quelli del padre, fraudolentemente passati nelle ugne dei Paolotti avoltoi.

They bred mares almost daily for three weeks and sometimes twice daily and Antonio regarded the stallion with great reverence and great love and he called him caballo padre and like John Grady he would talk to the horse and often make promises to him and he never lied to the horse.