[ mey-ter ]
/ ˈmeɪ tər /

noun, plural ma·ters, ma·tres [mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/.

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

Definition for mater (2 of 2)

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mater (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmeɪtə) /


British public school slang, often facetious a word for mother 1

Word Origin for mater

C16: from Latin

British Dictionary definitions for mater (2 of 2)

mater dolorosa

/ (ˈmɑːtə ˌdɒləˈrəʊsə) /


the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art

Word Origin for mater dolorosa

Latin: sorrowful mother
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