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Definition of paterfamilias noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

paterfamilias

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌpeɪtəfəˈmɪliæs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpætərfəˈmɪliæs//
 
[singular] (formal or humorous) Family background
 
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the man who is the head of a family See related entries: Family background Word OriginLatin, literally ‘father of the family’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paterfamilias