paterfamilias pay-tur-fuh-MIL-ee-us; pat-ur-; pah-, noun;
plural patresfamilias pay-treez-; pat-reez-; pah-treez-:
The male head of a household or the father of a family.

Paterfamilias is from Latin pater, “father” + familias, “of the family or household,” the archaic genitive form of familia, “family or household.”

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