noun, plural ma·tri·ar·chies.
Examples from the Web for matriarchy
It is a vast conspiracy that is working tirelessly to build a Matriarchy to enslave men.
With the social state of matriarchy, the mother cults developed.
"You are prisoners of the matriarchy of Thrayx," the officer called Daleb said.The Women-Stealers of Thrayx|Fox B. Holden
Some tribes were endogamic, and there matriarchy was the rule, descent being traced through the female line.
Descent was matrilinear, and a society known as matriarchy existed, as contrasted to the later patriarchy.
But to build up a theory of matriarchy on this foundation is strangely wide of the facts.The Position of Woman in Primitive Society|C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for matriarchy
noun plural -chies
Culture definitions for matriarchy
A family or society in which authority is held by females, through whom descent and inheritance are traced. More generally, a matriarchy is a society dominated by women. (See also matrilineal, patriarchy, and patrilineal.)