[ jer-uhn-tok-ruh-see, jeer- ]
/ ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒk rə si, ˌdʒɪər- /
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noun, plural ger·on·toc·ra·cies.
government by a council of elders.
a governing body consisting of old people.
a state or government in which old people rule.
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OTHER WORDS FROM gerontocracyge·ron·to·crat [juh-ron-tuh-krat], /dʒəˈrɒn təˌkræt/, nounge·ron·to·crat·ic, adjective
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How to use gerontocracy in a sentence
The latest SNL controversy has almost nothing to do with Elon Musk and everything to do with the baby boomer gerontocracy.The outsize importance of SNL, explained by the Elon Musk hosting controversy|Emily VanDerWerff|May 7, 2021|Vox
Gerontocracy, that is, government by the aged, is the most ancient form of government.The Cult of Incompetence|Emile Faguet
British Dictionary definitions for gerontocracy
/ (ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ) /
noun plural -cies
government by old people
a governing body of old people
Derived forms of gerontocracygerontocratic (dʒəˌrɒntəˈkrætɪk), adjectivegerontocrat, noun
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Cultural definitions for gerontocracy
[ (jer-uhn-tok-ruh-see) ]
A society ruled by elders.
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