- British Informal. mother1.
- the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe.
Origin of mater
First recorded in 1585–95, mater is from the Latin word māter
[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh]
- the sorrowful mother.
- (initial capital letters) the mother of Christ sorrowing for her son.
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Examples from the Web for mater
And then there's Laurie (Amy Brenneman), the Garveys' mater familias.‘The Leftovers’ Review: A Fever Dream You Can’t Wake Up From
June 29, 2014
Now she, along with Jean Kennedy Smith, is also Mater Familias to the grieving clan.Camelot's Last Lady
August 26, 2009
Jimmy is rooting for Arizona State this year since his alma mater, UNLV, didn't get a bid.Bracketology with Jimmy Kimmel
March 16, 2009
Dad and the mater both say the same now—they're more severe than I was.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"The mater told me you'd another thing on the stocks," Geoff went on.The Education of Eric Lane
The mater learned it this afternoon and sprung it at dinner.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Don't let the Mater and Pater get the wind up about my personal safety.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
Of course you are going to the mater's with Miss Lindsey and me for tea, per usual?Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
- British public school slang, often facetious a word for mother 1
C16: from Latin
- the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art
Latin: sorrowful mother
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