This term is sometimes used to distinguish a father and a son with the same name. For example, Alexandre Dumas (pere) wrote The Three Musketeers. His son, who wrote La Dame aux Camelias, is known as Alexandre Dumas (fils).
Pere (?), n.
A peer. [Obs.] Chaucer.
© Webster 1913
Père (par), n. [F., fr. L. pater. See Father.]
Father; -- often used after French proper names to distinguish a father from his son; as, Dumas père.
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