[ jer-uh n-tok-ruh-see, jeer- ]
/ ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒk rə si, ˌdʒɪər- /
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.
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.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 Formsgerontocratic (dʒəˌrɒntəˈkrætɪk), adjectivegerontocrat, noun
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Culture definitions for gerontocracy
[ (jer-uhn-tok-ruh-see) ]
A society ruled by elders.
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