a family, society, community, or state governed by women.
a form of social organization in which the mother is head of the family, and in which descent is reckoned in the female line, the children belonging to the mother's clan; matriarchal system.
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How to use matriarchy in a sentence
Mellaart went far beyond Frazer’s and Graves’ claims about goddess worship by suggesting Çatalhöyük was an ancient matriarchy where women ruled over men.What archaeologists got wrong about female statues, goddesses, and fertility | Annalee Newitz | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
It is a vast conspiracy that is working tirelessly to build a matriarchy to enslave men.
Descent was matrilinear, and a society known as matriarchy existed, as contrasted to the later patriarchy.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races | Sanger Brown, II
Patriarchy succeeded matriarchy, but whether as a gradual evolution or otherwise is not clear.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races | Sanger Brown, II
The people seem to be in a transition state between Patriarchy and matriarchy.Savage Island | Basil C. Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for matriarchy
a form of social organization in which a female is head of the family or society, and descent and kinship are traced through the female line
any society dominated by women
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Cultural definitions for matriarchy
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