Patresfamilias



[pey-treez-fuh-mil-ee-uh s, pah-, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triz fəˈmɪl i əs, ˌpɑ-, ˌpæ-/

noun
1.
a plural of .
[pey-ter-fuh-mil-ee-uh s, pah-, pat-er-] /ˌpeɪ tər fəˈmɪl i əs, ˌpɑ-, ˌpæt ər-/
noun, plural paterfamiliases for 1, patresfamilias
[pey-treez-fuh-mil-ee-uh s, pah-, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triz fəˈmɪl i əs, ˌpɑ-, ˌpæ-/ (Show IPA), for 2.
1.
the male head of a household or family, usually the father.
2.
Roman Law.

/ˌpeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs/
noun (pl) patresfamilias (ˌpɑːtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
1.
the male head of a household
2.
(Roman law)

n.

early 15c., from Latin pater familias “master of a house, head of a family,” from pater “father” (see father (n.)) + familias, old genitive of familia “family” (see family).

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