[ pey-tree-ahr-kuh l ]
/ ˌpeɪ triˈɑr kəl /


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.

Nearby words

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

Sometimes pa·tri·ar·chic, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal.

Related forms 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