Word of the Day – Paterfamilias

By December 13, 2017Word of the Day

Paterfamilias (noun)

pay-tuh-fam-il-ee-as

The head of the family or household

Latin, literally ‘father of the family’.

Example sentences

“Grace should be read by the paterfamilias of the family.”

Word of the Day – Salutation

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Salutation (noun)

sal-yu-tay-shun

A gesture or utterance made as a greeting or acknowledgment of another’s arrival or departure.

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin salutatio(n-), from salutare ‘pay one’s respects to’ (see salute).

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Word of the Day – Paraph

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Paraph (noun)

pa-raf

A flourish at the end of a signature, usually as a precaution against forgery.

Late Middle English (denoting a paragraph): from French paraphe, from medieval Latin paraphus (contraction of paragraphus ‘short horizontal stroke’).

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