- 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
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Examples from the Web for maters
Maters gone over to the Baker woman; I saw her cross the road.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
Maters are different, and I'm glad you thought of that, Tom.The Corner of Harley Street
She would give bond to pay all that her apparel, and the other maters she had, would fall short of.Clarissa, Volume 7
Ye raily must talke ter mi loryer; them maters I leaves 'tirely ter him.'Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
The maters got a notion that my lungs are weak, and was saying only the other day that a sea trip would do me good.King of the Air
- British public school slang, often facetious a word for mother 1
C16: from Latin
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