- a matriarchal system or community.
- a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.
Origin of matriarchate
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Examples from the Web for matriarchate
The term "matriarchate" encouraged this fallacy and has gone out of use.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Even in modern Germany remnants of the matriarchate survive.
The matriarchate disappeared and the patriarchate took its place.
I said the peoples with whom we are now being brought as a nation into vital relationship may be still in the matriarchate.
Let no one imagine that the so-called "matriarchate" of early ages was an ideal condition of society.
- rare a family or people under female domination or government
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