- the mother of a family.
Origin of materfamilias
1750–60; < Latin; cf. paterfamilias
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Examples from the Web for materfamilias
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).Mr. Punch at the Seaside
In England materfamilias is always complaining of servant difficulties.How to be Happy Though Married
E. J. Hardy.
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.Caricature and Other Comic Art
- the mother of a family or the female head of a family
C18: from Latin
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