matriarchy

noun ma·tri·ar·chy \ ˈmā-trē-ˌär-kē \
Updated on: 11 Jan 2018

Definition of matriarchy

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

Examples of matriarchy in a Sentence

  1. For 20 years, the country was ruled as a matriarchy.

  2. a region in which matriarchy is practiced

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First Known Use of matriarchy

1885


MATRIARCHY Defined for English Language Learners

matriarchy

noun

Definition of matriarchy for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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