ma·​tri·​ar·​chal | \ ˌmā-trē-ˈär-kəl How to pronounce matriarchal (audio) \

Definition of matriarchal

: of, relating to, or being a matriarch or matriarchy a matriarchal society Johnnie Angelia King … plays a very different matriarchal figure here, imbuing hard-working Faye with passion …— Larry T. Collins As a Filipino-American, Lirio Marcelo was steeped in a matriarchal culture where there was no shortage of female role models in corporate and government realms.— Lydia Dishman

First Known Use of matriarchal

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Matriarchal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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