matriarch

[ mey-tree-ahrk ]
/ ˈmeɪ triˌɑrk /

noun

the female head of a family or tribal line.
a woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group.
a venerable old woman.

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Origin of matriarch

First recorded in 1600–10; matri- + -arch

OTHER WORDS FROM matriarch

ma·tri·ar·chal, ma·tri·ar·chic, adjectivema·tri·ar·chal·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for matriarchal

matriarch
/ (ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːk) /

noun

a woman who dominates an organization, community, etc
the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
a very old or venerable woman

Derived forms of matriarch

matriarchal or rare matriarchic, adjectivematriarchalism, noun

Word Origin for matriarch

C17: from matri- + -arch, by false analogy with patriarch
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