- a family, society, community, or state governed by women.
- a form of social organization in which the mother is head of the family, and in which descent is reckoned in the female line, the children belonging to the mother's clan; matriarchal system.
Origin of matriarchy
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Examples from the Web for matriarchy
It is a vast conspiracy that is working tirelessly to build a Matriarchy to enslave men.The Masculine Mystique
R. Tod Kelly
October 20, 2013
MacLennan maintains the existence of matriarchy in promiscuity, but this is inadmissible.The Sexual Question
At the death of the father his own children were disinherited, in the matriarchy.Women As Sex Vendors
R. B. Tobias
He touched a hundred subjects; he developed a theory of matriarchy.A Tramp's Notebook
Thrayxite is a matriarchy, something we of Ihelos never suspected.
"You are prisoners of the matriarchy of Thrayx," the officer called Daleb said.
- a form of social organization in which a female is head of the family or society, and descent and kinship are traced through the female line
- any society dominated by women
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Word Origin and History for matriarchy
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