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

mater dolorosa

[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh]

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 public school slang, often facetious a word for mother 1

Word Origin for mater

C16: from Latin

mater dolorosa


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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