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[mey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s]
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  1. the mother of a family.
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Origin of materfamilias

1750–60; < Latin; cf. paterfamilias
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Historical Examples

  • 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).

  • In England materfamilias is always complaining of servant difficulties.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for materfamilias


noun plural matresfamilias (ˌmeɪtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
  1. the mother of a family or the female head of a family
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin
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