Paterfamiliar

paterfamilias

[pey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uhs, pah-, pat-er-]
noun, plural paterfamiliases for 1, patresfamilias [pey-treez-fuh-mil-ee-uhs, pah-, pa-] , for 2.
1.
the male head of a household or family, usually the father.
2.
Roman Law.
a.
the head of the Roman family; a juridical entity who holds the patria potestas.
b.
a person who is not under the patria potestas of another.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin: literally, father (i.e., master) of the household, with archaic genitive form familiās of familia; see family

paterfamiliar, adjective
paterfamiliarly, adverb
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paterfamilias (ˌpeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
 
n , pl patresfamilias
1.  the male head of a household
2.  Roman law
 a.  the head of a household having authority over its members
 b.  the parental or other authority of another person
 
[Latin: father of the family]

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paterfamilias
c.1430, from L., lit. "master of a house, head of a family," from pater "father" + familias, old gen. of familia "family."
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