Definition of paterfamilias in English:

paterfamilias

Syllabification: pa·ter·fa·mil·i·as
Pronunciation: /ˌpātərfəˈmilēəs, ˌpä-
 
/

noun (plural patresfamilias /ˌpātrēzfə-, ˌpä-/)

  • The male head of a family or household. Compare with materfamilias.
    More example sentences
    • At the heart of the Roman family was the paterfamilias, the father of the family.
    • The current movie is about a family named Baker, of which the paterfamilias is a small-time college football coach, and the mother is a homemaker.
    • But the legitimization of the traditional family provided by the paterfamilias doctrine was reaffirmed by conservative courts through a doctrine of ‘family autonomy’ in the 1920s.

Origin

Latin, literally 'father of the family'.

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