pater familias

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From around 1425 to 1475 from late Middle English which itself came from the Latin term with the same meaning. From the Latin term pater ("father") + familiās, an archaic genitive of familia ("family", "household"). Literally meaning "father of the family" or "father of the household". Confer the English word family.

Noun[edit]

pater familias

  1. Alternative spelling of paterfamilias

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From pater ‎(father) + familiās, an archaic genitive of familia ‎(family", "household). Literally meaning "father of the family" or "father of the household".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpa.ter faˈmi.li.aːs/, [ˈpa.tɛr faˈmɪ.li.aːs]

Noun[edit]

pater familiās m ‎(genitive patris familiās); third declension

  1. head of household

Declension[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pater familiās patrēs familiās
genitive patris familiās patrum familiās
dative patrī familiās patribus familiās
accusative patrem familiās patrēs familiās
ablative patre familiās patribus familiās
vocative pater familiās patrēs familiās

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • pater familias in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers