Definition of matriarchy
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
For 20 years, the country was ruled as a matriarchy.
a region in which matriarchy is practiced
Recent Examples of matriarchy from the Web
Neo-vegetable computer geeks will blossom into a matriarchy that dances with seizure-like fury rather than use a mouse!
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First Known Use of matriarchy
MATRIARCHY Defined for English Language Learners
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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