Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Mother.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A Middle English form of matter.
  • noun Mother: in certain special uses. See alma mater, and phrases below.
  • noun In anatomy, one of two membranes or meninges of the brain, outer and inner, separated by the arachnoid, and distinguished as dura mater, or dura, and pia mater, or pia: so called from some idea that they produce the brain.—
  • noun The large metallic disk which forms the foundation of an astrolabe, and carries at its circumference the graduation upon which the indications of the alidade or index are read.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See alma mater, dura mater, and pia mater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin māter; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin māter ("mother"), partly via late-Middle English matere.

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mate +‎ -er

Examples

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  • as in, "Look at them purdy maters on the vine!"

    April 2, 2007