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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Definitions for materfamilias

  1. The mother of a family.

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Citations for materfamilias
"If she had a large family she'd soon pull herself together to play the role of materfamilias to perfection." Susan Howatch, Sins of the Fathers
"And so, my dear sir, while materfamilias bends her black brows in disgust, we smile our superior little smile, and extend to Mistress Anonyma our gracious indorsement." Bret Harte, The Writings of Bret Harte: The Story Of a Mine and Other Tales
Origin of materfamilias
1750-1760
Materfamilias is a literal Latin borrowing of mater, "mother," and familias, "of the family."