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materfamilias

[mey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s]
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noun
  1. the mother of a family.
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Origin of materfamilias

1750–60; < Latin; cf. paterfamilias
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Historical Examples

  • Materfamilias: "Where have you been all the morning, girls?"

    Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. III of IV

    Charles L. Graves

  • Materfamilias (just arrived at Shrimpville—the children had been down a month before).

  • In England materfamilias is always complaining of servant difficulties.

  • Its chief importance is the prominence given to the materfamilias.

  • He was paterfamilias, she materfamilias; and the rooms assigned to her peculiar use were, as with us, the best in the house.


British Dictionary definitions for materfamilias

materfamilias

noun plural matresfamilias (ˌmeɪtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
  1. the mother of a family or the female head of a family
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin
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