noun, plural pa·ter·fa·mil·i·as·es for 1, pa·tres·fa·mil·i·as [pey-treez-fuh-mil-ee-uh s, pah-, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triz fəˈmɪl i əs, ˌpɑ-, ˌpæ-/ for 2.
- the head of the Roman family; a juridical entity who holds the patria potestas.
- a person who is not under the patria potestas of another.
- pater patriae,
- pater, walter horatio,
Origin of paterfamilias
Examples from the Web for paterfamilias
Motilal, the Nehru paterfamilias, had his suits made in Savile Row.
Paterfamilias at the door, smoking a cigar—a lad of ten years of age appears.Lands of the Slave and the Free|Henry A. Murray
He knew, moreover, that when both mother and daughter have set their hearts on a single man, paterfamilias is powerless.Tonio, Son of the Sierras|Charles King
In this way a wife could divorce a lunatic husband, or the paterfamilias of a lunatic wife could divorce her from her husband.
noun plural patresfamilias (ˌpɑːtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
- the head of a household having authority over its members
- the parental or other authority of another person