Simple Definition of paterfamilias
: a man who is the head of a family
Full Definition of paterfamilias
plural pa·tres·fa·mil·i·as play \ˌpā-ˌtrēz-, ˌpä-ˌtrās-\
1 : the male head of a household
2 : the father of a family
3 : a man who originates or is a leading figure in something (as a movement, discipline, or enterprise)
Rhymes with paterfamilias
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