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matriarch

noun ma·tri·arch \ˈmā-trē-ˌärk\

: 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
ma·tri·ar·chal \ˌmā-trē-ˈär-kəl\ adjective

Examples of MATRIARCH

  1. Our grandmother was the family's matriarch.
  2. The tribe's matriarch ruled for 20 years before her death.

First Known Use of MATRIARCH

1606

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MATRIARCH Defined for Kids

matriarch

noun ma·tri·arch \ˈmā-trē-ˌärk\

Definition of MATRIARCH for Kids

:  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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