patriarch

[ pey-tree-ahrk ]
/ ˈpeɪ triˌɑrk /

noun


Nearby words

  1. patresfamilias,
  2. patri,
  3. patri-,
  4. patria potestas,
  5. patrial,
  6. patriarchal,
  7. patriarchal cross,
  8. patriarchalism,
  9. patriarchate,
  10. patriarchs

Origin of patriarch

1175–1225; Middle English patriark(e) (< Old French) < Late Latin patriarcha < Late Greek patriárchēs high-ranking bishop, Greek: family head equivalent to patri(á) family, derivative of patḗr father + -archēs -arch

Related formspa·tri·ar·chal, pa·tri·ar·chic, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal, adjectivepa·tri·arch·dom, pa·tri·arch·ship, nounan·ti·pa·tri·arch, noun

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patriarch

/ (ˈpeɪtrɪˌɑːk) /

noun

Derived Formspatriarchal, adjectivepatriarchally, adverb

Word Origin for patriarch

C12: via Old French from Church Latin patriarcha

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