founding father
noun Date: 1914 1. an originator of an institution or movement ; founder 2. often capitalized both Fs a leading figure in the founding of the United States; specifically a member of the American Constitutional Convention of 1787

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • founding father — found·ing fa·ther n often cap both Fs: a leading figure in the founding of the U.S.; specif: a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. founding father …   Law dictionary

  • founding father — n someone who begins something such as a new way of thinking, or a new organization founding father of ▪ Saint Basil, one of the founding fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • founding father — ► NOUN 1) a founder. 2) (Founding Father) a member of the convention that drew up the constitution of the US in 1787 …   English terms dictionary

  • founding father — founding fathers 1) N COUNT: oft N of n The founding father of an institution, organization, or idea is the person who sets it up or who first develops it. [LITERARY] Syn: founder 2) N PROPER PLURAL The Founding Fathers of the United States were… …   English dictionary

  • founding father — ☆ founding father n. 1. someone who founds or is instrumental in founding an institution, nation, etc. 2. [usually F F ] a participant in the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, esp. one who signed the document * * * …   Universalium

  • founding father — ☆ founding father n. 1. someone who founds or is instrumental in founding an institution, nation, etc. 2. [usually F F ] a participant in the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, esp. one who signed the document …   English World dictionary

  • founding father — UK [ˌfaʊndɪŋ ˈfɑːðə(r)] / US [ˌfaʊndɪŋ ˈfɑðər] noun [countable, often plural] Word forms founding father : singular founding father plural founding fathers one of the people who first started an organization, community, set of ideas etc • the… …   English dictionary

  • founding father — noun a founder. ↘(Founding Father) a member of the convention that drew up the constitution of the US in 1787 …   English new terms dictionary

  • founding father — noun (countable often plural) 1 someone who begins something such as a new way of thinking, or a new organization: L. Threlkeld, one of the founding fathers of anthropology in Australia 2 Founding Fathers the group of men who wrote the American… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • founding father — noun a person who founds or establishes some institution George Washington is the father of his country • Syn: ↑founder, ↑beginner, ↑father • Derivationally related forms: ↑begin (for: ↑beginner) …   Useful english dictionary

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