I'm writing as essay and I wish to introduce the 'father' character, by using an adjective to describe the nature of his role/name. In this book, the father is always referred to as just 'father', and his name is never revealed.

Ie: "In the novel, the ________ father..."

Is there a word for this?

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    You might want to complete the question, and include a sample sentence for where the word might be used. Sep 18, 2019 at 5:32
  • How about just "the father" or "[character name]'s father"?
    – Robusto
    Sep 18, 2019 at 21:54

3 Answers 3


Unnamed might be the word you're looking for.

Example: 10 Compelling Unnamed Protagonists in Literature


You could also use "anonymous" -


2: not named or identified

(Meriam Webster)

"In the novel, the anonymous father..."



The ‘eponymous father’ or ‘the one who is known by that name’ ie - ‘father’.

Or you could simply say ‘the character known as ‘father’...


  • This is definitely incorrect usage. Sep 18, 2019 at 22:37
  • Incorrect usage of what? @eyeballfrog
    – Jelila
    Oct 12, 2022 at 1:47

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