noun ma·tri·ar·chy \ˈmā-trē-ˌär-kē\

: a family, group, or government controlled by a woman or a group of women

: a social system in which family members are related to each other through their mothers

plural ma·tri·ar·chies

Full Definition of MATRIARCHY

:  a family, group, or state governed by a matriarch
:  a system of social organization in which descent and inheritance are traced through the female line

Examples of MATRIARCHY

  1. For 20 years, the country was ruled as a matriarchy.
  2. a region in which matriarchy is practiced

First Known Use of MATRIARCHY


Rhymes with MATRIARCHY


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