Simple Definition of matriarch
: a woman who controls a family, group, or government
Full Definition of matriarch
: a woman who rules or dominates a family, group, or state; specifically : a mother who is head and ruler of her family and descendants
matriarchalplay \ˌmā-trē-ˈär-kəl\ adjective
Examples of matriarch in a sentence
Our grandmother was the family's matriarch.
The tribe's matriarch ruled for 20 years before her death.
Did You Know?
A matriarchy is a social unit governed by a woman or group of women. It isn't certain that a true matriarchal society has ever existed, so matriarchy is usually treated as an imaginative concept. But there are societies in which relatedness through women rather than men is stressed, and elements of matriarchy may be stronger in certain societies than they are in most of the Western world. And most of us can point to families in which a woman has become the dominant figure, or grande dame, or matriarch.
First Known Use of matriarch
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Definition of matriarch for Students
: a woman who is the head of a family, group, or state
Word Root of matriarch
The Latin word mater, meaning “mother,” gives us the root mater or matr. Anyone or anything maternal, such as a grandparent, is related through the mother's side of the family. Maternity is the state of being a mother. A matriarch is a woman who is the mother and head of a family. A matron is a married woman who may be a mother.
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