Definition of materfamilias in English:


Line breaks: mater|fami¦lias
Pronunciation: /ˌmeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪas

noun (plural matresfamilias /ˌmeɪtriːz-/)

  • The female head of a family or household. Compare with paterfamilias.
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    • On visiting the Ancestral Perch last weekend, the pending ethics upgrade of our electricity was discussed with the materfamilias.
    • The restaurant, whose kitchen is presided over by a distinguished-looking materfamilias, is one of those too-rare places where I order with confidence, knowing I will seldom be disappointed.
    • The debut album's lead single is a guitar-driven sing along that recalls the flamboyant heyday of Elton John as it charts a champagne fueled evening out on the town with the materfamilias.


Latin, from mater 'mother' + familias, old genitive form of familia 'family'.

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