[pey-treez-fuh-mil-ee-uh s, pah-, pa-]
- a plural of paterfamilias.
[pey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s, pah-, pat-er-]
- the male head of a household or family, usually the father.
- Roman Law.
- 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.
Origin of paterfamilias
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Related Words for patresfamiliaselder, ruler, founder, grandfather, originator, head, author, generator, sire, father, chief, master, architect, senior, ancestor, creator, maker, inventor, gaffer, paterfamilias
Examples from the Web for patresfamilias
Historical Examples of patresfamilias
And what do our patresfamilias, the officials, the wives and daughters, do in such cases?
Isn't it rather the fault of the audience, of your respectable residents, your patresfamilias?
- the male head of a household
- Roman law
- the head of a household having authority over its members
- the parental or other authority of another person
Word Origin for paterfamilias
Latin: father of the family
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