[mey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt]
  1. a matriarchal system or community.
  2. a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.

Origin of matriarchate

First recorded in 1880–85; matriarch + -ate3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for matriarchate


  1. rare a family or people under female domination or government
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