pater familias

See also: paterfamilias

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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") + familiās, an archaic genitive of familia ("family", "household"). Literally meaning "father of the family" or "father of the household". Confer the English word family.

NounEdit

pater familias

  1. Alternative spelling of paterfamilias

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From pater (father) + familiās, an archaic genitive of familia (family", "household). Literally meaning "father of the family" or "father of the household".

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pater familiās m (genitive patris familiās); third declension

  1. head of household

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun with an indeclinable portion.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pater familiās patrēs familiās
Genitive patris familiās patrum familiās
Dative patrī familiās patribus familiās
Accusative patrem familiās patrēs familiās
Ablative patre familiās patribus familiās
Vocative pater familiās patrēs familiās

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • pater familias in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers