Origin of paterfamiliasClassical Latin
Origin of paterfamiliasLatin paterfamiliās pater father ; see pater . familiās archaic genitive of familia family ; see family .
(plural paterfamiliases or patresfamilias)
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") + familiÄs, an archaic genitive of familia ("family", "household"). Literally meaning "father of the family" or "father of the household". Confer the English word family.