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matins (used with a sing. or pl. verb) in the Roman Catholic Church, the first of the seven canonical hours, or the service for this, usu. held between midnight and four A.M. [2 definitions]
matri- mother.
matriarch a woman who acts as head of a family, tribe, or other group of people.
matriarchy a social system in which the mother is considered head of the family or other group, and ancestry and descent are reckoned on the mother's side. (Cf. patriarchy.)
matricide the act or an instance of killing one's mother. [2 definitions]
matriculate to enroll or be enrolled in an organization, esp. a college or university. [2 definitions]
matrilineal pertaining to, derived from, or tracing descent through the mother's family.
matrimonial of or relating to marriage; conjugal; marital.
matrimony the act, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage. [2 definitions]
matrimony vine a thorny shrub of the nightshade family that is cultivated for its foliage, small pink flowers, and red berries; boxthorn.
matrix an environment that gives form to or provides for the origin or development of something. [5 definitions]
matron a married woman, usu. of mature age, with an established and dignified position in the community. [2 definitions]
matron of honor a married woman serving as the bride's chief attendant at a wedding.
matte having a finish lacking in shine and luster; dull. [3 definitions]
matted1 tangled together in a dense mass or clump. [2 definitions]
matted2 having a dull, matte finish.
matter all substances that occupy space and can be seen, otherwise sensed, or measured; material stuff of the universe. [8 definitions]
matter of course an event that is logically or naturally expected to occur.
matter-of-course occurring in the normal or logical course of events; inevitable; routine. [2 definitions]
matter-of-fact concerned with facts; unimaginative or literal. [2 definitions]
Matthew one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, traditionally regarded as the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament. [2 definitions]