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paterfamilias (n.)

"male head of a family or household," late 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).

updated on February 19, 2020

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Definitions of paterfamilias from WordNet

paterfamilias (n.)
the male head of family or tribe;
Synonyms: patriarch
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