variant of matri-.

Nearby words

  1. matrix mechanics,
  2. matrix printer,
  3. matrix sentence,
  4. matrix unguis,
  5. matrixing,
  6. matroclinous,
  7. matrocliny,
  8. matron,
  9. matron of honor,
  10. matron of honour


a combining form meaning “mother,” used in the formation of compound words: matrilineal.
Also matro-; especially before a vowel, matr-.

Origin of matri-

< Latin, combining form of māter mother1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for matro-


combining form

mother or motherhoodmatriarchy

Word Origin for matri-

from Latin māter mother

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Word Origin and History for matro-


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

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