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matriarch

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noun ma·tri·arch \ˈmā-trē-ˌärk\

Simple Definition of matriarch

  • : a woman who controls a family, group, or government

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of matriarch

  1. :  a woman who rules or dominates a family, group, or state; specifically :  a mother who is head and ruler of her family and descendants

matriarchal

play \ˌmā-trē-ˈär-kəl\ adjective

Examples of matriarch in a sentence

  1. Our grandmother was the family's matriarch.

  2. The tribe's matriarch ruled for 20 years before her death.



1606

First Known Use of matriarch

1606


MATRIARCH Defined for Kids

matriarch

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noun ma·tri·arch \ˈmā-trē-ˌärk\

Definition of matriarch for Students

  1. :  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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