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n. Chiefly British

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


public school slang often facetious Brit a word for mother1
[C16: from Latin]


(ˈmeɪ tər)

[1585–95; < Latin māter]
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Noun1.mater - an informal use of the Latin word for mother; sometimes used by British schoolboys or used facetiously
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"


n (Brit inf) → Mama f
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The mater will be delighted to see you again--after all those years," he added.
But the mater cottoned to him at once, took him on as secretary--you know how she's always running a hundred societies?
Yes; you see she went to the mater, and--Oh, here's Evie herself.
It's not about the pen-holder I care," said Philip, in a trembling voice, "only it was given me by my mater, just before she died.
Tell the mater I shall be home to dinner, Geraldine.
No mater whose the picture, he could not leave it there in the dust, and he raised it; but then curiosity got the better of him.
Why, madam, you've never been in bed this blessed night," burst out Tantripp, looking first at the bed and then at Dorothea's face, which in spite of bathing had the pale cheeks and pink eyelids of a mater dolorosa.
I am forced to admit that even though I had traveled a long distance to place Bowen Tyler's manuscript in the hands of his father, I was still a trifle skeptical as to its sincerity, since I could not but recall that it had not been many years since Bowen had been one of the most notorious practical jokers of his alma mater.
Lady Carey," he said, "they're all gone but the mater and I.
Even those that were well were sure that it was only a mater of days when the sickness would catch them and carry them off.
The mater will be very glad to see you," he mumbled.
It may be mentioned that, once the run of a piece had begun, he was sufficiently volatile, and in private life he was almost excessively so--a fact which had been noted at an early date by the keen-eyed authorities of his University, the discovery leading to his tearing himself away from Alma Mater by request with some suddenness.