patresfamilias


patresfamilias

noun

  1. a plural of paterfamilias.

noun, plural pa·ter·fa·mil·i·as·es for 1, pa·tres·fa·mil·i·as [pey-treez-fuhmil-ee-uh s, pah-, pa-] /ˌpeɪ triz fəˈmɪl i əs, ˌpɑ-, ˌpæ-/ for 2.

  1. the male head of a household or family, usually the father.
  2. Roman Law.
    1. the head of the Roman family; a juridical entity who holds the patria potestas.
    2. a person who is not under the patria potestas of another.

noun plural patresfamilias (ˌpɑːtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)

  1. the male head of a household
  2. Roman law
    1. the head of a household having authority over its members
    2. the parental or other authority of another person

n.early 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).

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