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Definition of "pater" [pater]

  • Chiefly British Father. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pater" in a sentence
  • "At first glance, an English word like father looks pretty different from the Latin word pater."
  • "Yet it was only when the Senate also suggested that Livia henceforth be known as mater patriae Mother of Our Country—a play on the title pater patriae granted a decade previously to Augustus—and, more provocatively, that Tiberius’s official title should be qualified by the description “son of Julia” or “son of Livia” that the new emperor was moved to use his imperial veto."
  • "To use an Indo-European family example, we know that English father, foot, fish and Latin pater, ped -, pisc - are cognates because they show regular sound correspondences throughout."