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[mey-ter] /ˈmeɪ tər/
noun, plural maters, matres
[mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/ (Show IPA)
British Informal. mother1 .
the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe.
Origin of mater
1585-95; < Latin māter

mater dolorosa

[mah-ter doh-loh-roh-sah; English mey-ter doh-luh-roh-suh] /ˈmɑ tɛr ˌdoʊ loʊˈroʊ sɑ; English ˈmeɪ tər ˌdoʊ ləˈroʊ sə/
noun, Latin.
the sorrowful mother.
(initial capital letters) the mother of Christ sorrowing for her son. Unabridged
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  • The bedside manner it is that they use in the mater hospice.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • mater'll have all the uncles and the cousins and the aunts in to bid me a tender farewell.

    Four Days Hetty Hemenway
  • The mater told her she was too busy to see to it then, and was very sorry she had come through the snow for such a trifle.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • But one can see that to your mater she might seem a bit different.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • The mater, who had grown to like him, because he let the baby pull his tail, wanted us to keep him.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • Because mater familias said I was to make you bring them if I stayed for them all day.

  • What I've got to do is to work as well as I can with the tools and mater'als I've got in my hands.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for mater


(Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1
Word Origin
C16: from Latin

mater dolorosa

/ˈmɑːtə ˌdɒləˈrəʊsə/
the Virgin Mary sorrowing for the dead Christ, esp as depicted in art
Word Origin
Latin: sorrowful mother
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