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]

Noun[edit]

pater familias m (genitive patris familias); third declension

  1. head of household

Inflection[edit]

See the declension of pater.

Synonyms[edit]