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[mey-ter] /ˈmeɪ tər/
noun, plural maters, matres
[mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/ (Show IPA)
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

mater dolorosa

[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh] /ˈmɑ tɛr ˌdoʊ loʊˈroʊ sɑ; English ˈmeɪ tər ˌdoʊ ləˈroʊ sə/
noun, Latin.
the sorrowful mother.
(initial capital letters) the mother of Christ sorrowing for her son. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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 Stephen McKenna
  • 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.

  • 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
  • The mater has a herd of them—jolly little beasts, but a bit wicked, some of them.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • mater'll have all the uncles and the cousins and the aunts in to bid me a tender farewell.

    Four Days

    Hetty Hemenway
British Dictionary definitions for mater


(Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1
Word Origin
C16: from Latin

mater dolorosa

/ˈmɑːtə ˌdɒləˈrəʊsə/
the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art
Word Origin
Latin: sorrowful mother
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