the mother of a family; woman head of a household
Origin of materfamiliasClassical Latin
A woman who is the head of a household or the mother of a family.
Origin of materfamiliasLatin māterfamiliās māter mother ; see mater . familiās archaic genitive of familia household ; see family .
(plural materfamiliases or matresfamilias)
- The female head of a household
From Latin mÄter familiÄs, mother of the household