Definition of magna mater in English:

magna mater


  • A mother goddess, a fertility deity, especially. Cybele. Also (in extended use): a woman of a strongly maternal or erotic disposition.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Congreve (1670–1729), playwright and poet. From classical Latin magna māter, māter magna great mother (title of the goddess Cybele) from magna, feminine of magnus great + māter.


magna mater

/ˌmaɡnə ˈmeɪtə/ /ˌmaɡnə ˈmɑːtə/