[jin-er-kee, gahy-ner-, jahy-ner-]

noun, plural gyn·ar·chies.

government by women.

Origin of gynarchy

First recorded in 1570–80; gyn- + -archy
Also called gynocracy.
Related formsgy·narch·ic [ji-nahr-kik, gahy-, jahy-] /dʒɪˈnɑr kɪk, gaɪ-, dʒaɪ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gynarchy


noun plural -chies

another word for gynaecocracy
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Word Origin and History for gynarchy

government by women or a woman, 1570s, from Greek gyne (see queen) + -arkhe (see archon). Gynaecocracy and gyneocracy attested from 1610s.

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