[jer-uh n-tok-ruh-see, jeer-]
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
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Gerontocracy, that is, government by the aged, is the most ancient form of government.The Cult of Incompetence
noun plural -cies
government by old people
a governing body of old people
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A society ruled by elders.
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