matriarchy

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noun ma·tri·ar·chy \ˈmā-trē-ˌär-kē\

Definition of matriarchy

plural

matriarchies

  1. 1 :  a family, group, or state governed by a matriarch

  2. 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

1885

First Known Use of matriarchy

1885


MATRIARCHY Defined for English Language Learners

matriarchy

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noun ma·tri·ar·chy \ˈmā-trē-ˌär-kē\

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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