mater

[ 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.

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Origin of mater

First recorded in 1585–95, mater is from the Latin word māter
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British Dictionary definitions for mater

mater
/ (ˈmeɪtə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for mater

C16: from Latin
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