materfamilias
noun Etymology: Latin, from mater + familias, archaic genitive of familia household — more at family Date: 1756 a woman who is head of a household

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  • materfamilias — [māt′ərfə mil′ē əs, mät′ərfə mil′ē əs] n. [L] the mother of a family; woman head of a household …   English World dictionary

  • materfamilias — /may teuhr feuh mil ee euhs/, n. the mother of a family. [1750 60; < L; cf. PATERFAMILIAS] * * * …   Universalium

  • materfamilias — noun The female head of a household Syn: matriarch See Also: paterfamilias …   Wiktionary

  • materfamilias — meɪtÉ™(r)fÉ™ mɪlɪəs n. mother of the house, mother of a family (Latin) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • materfamilias — [ˌmeɪtəfə mɪlɪas] noun (plural matresfamilias ˌmeɪti:z ) the female head of a family or household. Origin L., from mater mother + familias, old genitive form of familia family …   English new terms dictionary

  • materfamilias — ma·ter·fa·mil·i·as …   English syllables

  • materfamilias — ma•ter•fa•mil•i•as [[t]ˌmeɪ tər fəˈmɪl i əs[/t]] n. the mother of a family • Etymology: 1750–60; < L …   From formal English to slang

  • materfamilias — /meɪtəfəˈmɪliæs/ (say maytuhfuh mileeas) noun the mother of a family. {Latin} …   Australian English dictionary

  • materfamilias —   n. (pl.    ♦ matresfamilias ) mother or female head of family …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • materfamilias — (Civil law.) The mother of a family; a woman in the position of head of the household …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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