Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "father" in Russian

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отец

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Meaning: father

Pronunciation: [ah-TYEHTS]

Part of speech: noun

Rank: #165 (see frequency list)



Father and son. Photo by Onkelbo, licensed under CC-SA3.0
 Example sentences:
  • Мой оте́ц рабо́тает в ба́нке.
  • My father works in the bank.
  • Он о́чень хоро́ший оте́ц.
  • He is a very good father.
  • Моему́ отцу́ пятьдеся́т лет.
  • My father is fifty years old.
  •  literal  To my father is fifty years.
  • Винт Серф изве́стен как "отец Интерне́та".
  • Vint Cerf is known as the "father of the Internet."
  • Де́ти игра́ют с отцо́м.
  • Children are playing with the father.
  • Мы ре́дко ви́димся с отцо́м.
  • I and my father seldom see each other.
  •  literal  We seldom see with father.
  • В насле́дство от отца́ мне оста́лась кварти́ра.
  • I inherited a flat from my father.
  •  literal  The flat was left to me in inheritance from father.
  • Отец Михаи́л прочита́л моли́тву.
  • Father Michael read a prayer.
  • Ди́ма Била́н стал отцо́м.
  • Dima Bilan became a father.
  • У неё нет отца́.
  • She does not have a father.
  •  literal  At her no father.


 Idioms and set expressions:
  • оте́ц семе́йства = father of a family; paterfamilias; family man
  • приёмный оте́ц = foster-father
  • крёстный оте́ц = godfather
  • оте́ц-одино́чка = single father
 Related words:
  • па́па = dad, daddy
  • ба́тя = father, dad (colloquial)
  • ба́тька = father, dad (colloquial)
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Во и́мя Отца́ и Сы́на и Свято́го Ду́ха.
  • In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
  • Каков отец, таков и сынок.
  • Like father, like son.
  • Ради красного словца не пожалеет ни мать, ни отца.
  • For the sake of an effect word, he won't pity his mother or the Lord.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural
Nominativeоте́цотцы́
Genitiveотца́отцо́в
Dativeотцу́отца́м
Accusativeотца́отцо́в
Instrumentalотцо́мотца́ми
Prepositionalотце́отца́х
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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.



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