from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman who is the head of a household or the mother of a family.
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- n. The female head of a household
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- n. a female head of a family or tribe
Latin māterfamiliās : māter, mother; see mater + familiās, archaic genitive of familia, household; see family.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin māter familiās, mother of the household (Wiktionary)