ma·​ter ˈmā-tər How to pronounce mater (audio)
chiefly British
: mother

Examples of mater in a Sentence

the public school student addressed the letter to “Dear Mater

Word History


Latin — more at mother

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mater was circa 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Mater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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