[pey-tree-ahr-kuh l]


of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.: my father's conservative, patriarchal ways.
characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men: the highly patriarchal Mormon church.

Sometimes pa·tri·ar·chic, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal.
Related formspa·tri·ar·chal·ly, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverban·ti·pa·tri·ar·chal, adjectivean·ti·pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, adverbqua·si-pa·tri·ar·chal, adjectiveun·pa·tri·ar·chal, adjectiveun·pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for patriarchal

mid-15c., "pertaining to a (Church) patriarch," from patriarch + -al, or else from Late Latin patriarchalis, from patriarcha.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper