Definition of paternal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrnl//
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  1. 1connected with being a father; typical of a kind father paternal love He gave me a piece of paternal advice. Her weakness made him feel very paternal towards her. See related entries: Relations
  2. 2related through the father’s side of the family my paternal grandmother (= my father’s mother) See related entries: Relations
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus ‘fatherly, belonging to a father’, from pater ‘father’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paternal