Definition of paterfamilias noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

paterfamilias

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌpɑt̮ərfəˈmɪliəs//
 
, NAmE//ˌpeɪt̮ərfəˈmɪliəs//
 
, NAmE//ˌpæt̮ərfəˈmɪliəs//
 
[singular](formal or humorous)
 
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the man who is the head of a family
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: paterfamilias