matriarchate

[ mey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt ]
/ ˈmeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt /

noun

a matriarchal system or community.
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.

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Origin of matriarchate

First recorded in 1880–85; matriarch + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for matriarchate

matriarchate
/ (ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt, -keɪt) /

noun

rare a family or people under female domination or government
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