[ mey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s ]
/ ˌmeɪ tər fəˈmɪl i əs /


the mother of a family.


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Origin of materfamilias

1750–60; < Latin; cf. paterfamilias Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for materfamilias

/ (ˌmeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs) /

noun plural matresfamilias (ˌmeɪtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)

the mother of a family or the female head of a family

Word Origin for materfamilias

C18: from Latin
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