materfamilias

materfamilias

[mey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uhs]
noun
the mother of a family.

Origin:
1750–60; < Latin; cf. paterfamilias

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materfamilias (ˌmeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
 
n , pl matresfamilias
the mother of a family or the female head of a family
 
[C18: from Latin]

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