Alternative forms edit
- paternall (obsolete)
From Old French paternal (“of a father”) (12c.), a learned borrowing from Vulgar Latin paternālis (“paternal”), from Classical Latin paternus (“of or pertaining to a father, paternal”), from pater (“father”).
- Of or pertaining to one's father, his genes, his relatives, or his side of a family.
- paternal grandfather
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Different Views of Youth and Age”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, page 93:
- It was with a natural touch of pride that Norbourne Courtenaye paced his paternal hall, while waiting for his uncle, with whom he was going to ride.
- Fatherly; behaving as or characteristic of a father.
- Received or inherited from one's father.
- a. 1701 (date written), John Dryden, “The Second Epode of Horace”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, […], volume II, London: […] J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, […], published 1760, →OCLC, page 477:
- Thus, ere the ſeeds of vice were ſown, / Liv'd men in better ages born, / Who plow'd with oxen of their own / Their ſmall paternal field of corn.
- Acting as a father.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- maternal – mother
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Old French edit
paternal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular paternale)
- English: paternal
paternal m or f (masculine and feminine plural paternales)