gerontocracy

[ jer-uh n-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.

Origin of gerontocracy

First recorded in 1820–30; geronto- + -cracy
Related formsge·ron·to·crat [juh-ron-tuh-krat] /dʒəˈrɒn təˌkræt/, nounge·ron·to·crat·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gerontocracy

  • Gerontocracy, that is, government by the aged, is the most ancient form of government.

British Dictionary definitions for gerontocracy

gerontocracy

/ (ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

government by old people
a governing body of old people

Derived Formsgerontocratic (dʒəˌrɒntəˈkrætɪk), adjectivegerontocrat, noun
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Culture definitions for gerontocracy

gerontocracy

[ (jer-uhn-tok-ruh-see) ]

A society ruled by elders.


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