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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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • maters gone over to the Baker woman; I saw her cross the road.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • maters are different, and I'm glad you thought of that, Tom.

  • She would give bond to pay all that her apparel, and the other maters she had, would fall short of.

    Clarissa, Volume 7 Samuel Richardson
  • Ye raily must talke ter mi loryer; them maters I leaves 'tirely ter him.'

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • The maters got a notion that my lungs are weak, and was saying only the other day that a sea trip would do me good.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • These men frequented the house of Joakim, and all that hand any maters of judgment came to them.

British Dictionary definitions for maters


(Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1
Word Origin
C16: from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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