- the female head of a family or tribal line.
- a woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group.
- a venerable old woman.
Origin of matriarch
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Examples from the Web for matriarchal
Jane was raised in a matriarchal family by her hyper-religious grandma and young, aspiring singer single mother.‘Jane the Virgin’ Is The CW’s Best Show Ever
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By calling in the matriarchal troops, Elin effectively changed the rules of the game.What Tiger's Mom Saw
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The first has the matriarchal while the second has the patriarchal system.
We have seen this from our exposition of the matriarchal period.Woman and Socialism
The Jewish home blended two ideals, patriarchal and matriarchal.Child Versus Parent
Still the old awe of the Word of the matriarchal, matrilineal church.Evil Out of Onzar
The Yaos of Africa have what may be regarded as a matriarchal organisation.The Position of Woman in Primitive Society
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- a woman who dominates an organization, community, etc
- the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
- a very old or venerable woman
C17: from matri- + -arch, by false analogy with patriarch
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Word Origin and History for matriarchal
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