Definition of paterfamilias
patresfamiliasplay \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 (such as a movement, discipline, or enterprise)
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Turns out more than one of the guests had a previous run-in with the troubled family — and a reason to dislike the paterfamilias.
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PATERFAMILIAS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paterfamilias for English Language Learners
: a man who is the head of a family
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