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I've noticed in some Spanish related films, characters will refer to a Spanish character as Padre when addressing them. For example, in the Mask Of Zorro, one character refers to a stranger as Padre when he says here:

Where is he now, Padre, your masked friend?

But the stranger is not his father!

  • So in what scenerio is it acceptable to call someone padre?
  • Are the words padre and amigo interchangeable?
  • How common is it to refer to someone (who is not your father) as padre?
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    No, padre is father, like your own father or a priest.
    – Lambie
    Dec 30, 2021 at 14:55
  • As mentioned by Lambie and gibianchi, in that context it's: "(often as a title or form of address) a priest. like in English. I think that amigo and padre are not interchangeable, at least in Spain.
    – RubioRic
    Dec 31, 2021 at 11:40

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Having, coincidentally, just watched the movie, i can confirm that the person in question is, in fact, a priest. Just like he might be adressed as Father in english, he is called Padre in spanish. (And the relationship of the speaker to the padre is not as a friend at all.)

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  • haha, excellent, yeah I couldn't remember if he was referring to a priest or not. All makes sense now, thankyou :)
    – Kes Walker
    Jan 3 at 10:54
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I should listen to the part of the movie where the phrase appears, but it is most likely an abbreviation for "Compadre". If the person speaks in a fast way it's most likely that he will eat the first syllable, so "compadre", normally used as a colleague/fella, becomes just padre. The use of the word compadre to address someone is common in people with little school education, so it's more than likely that there's an omission in part of the word.

Real meaning:

Compadre: padrino de bautizo del hijo o del ahijado de una persona.

Comadre: madrina de bautizo del hijo o del ahijado de una persona.

Colloquial use:

Compadre / Comadre = Amigo/a del alma

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    could be referering to a priest also?
    – gbianchi
    Dec 30, 2021 at 0:05
  • Good point. I didn't think about It. But I think the OP should have noticed this before asking.
    – Danielillo
    Dec 30, 2021 at 0:30
  • "Spanish related films, characters will refer to a Spanish character as Padre when addressing them." dudoso ;) better ask OP?
    – gbianchi
    Dec 30, 2021 at 0:35
  • compadre has no abbreviation. And this is taken from a movie script. So, they most likely mean priest i.e. father. I have never heard compadre shortened to padre.
    – Lambie
    Dec 31, 2021 at 16:45
  • Solo quiero aclarar que compadre sí tiene forma abreviada: compa.
    – nopaltepec
    Dec 31, 2021 at 22:03

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