matri-


a combining form meaning “mother,” used in the formation of compound words: matrilineal.

Nearby words

  1. matopo hills,
  2. matosinhos,
  3. matr-,
  4. matralia,
  5. matrass,
  6. matriarch,
  7. matriarchal,
  8. matriarchate,
  9. matriarchy,
  10. matric

Also matro-; especially before a vowel, matr-.

Origin of matri-

< Latin, combining form of māter mother1

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British Dictionary definitions for matri-

matri-

combining form

mother or motherhoodmatriarchy

Word Origin for matri-

from Latin māter mother

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Word Origin and History for matri-

matri-

word-forming element meaning "mother," from comb. form of Latin mater (genitive matris) "mother" (see mother (n.1)).

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