pa·​tri·​arch·​ate | \ ˈpā-trē-ˌär-kət How to pronounce patriarchate (audio) , -ˌkāt\

Definition of patriarchate

1a : the office, jurisdiction, or time in office of a patriarch
b : the residence or headquarters of a patriarch

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This will not be the last skirmish between the patriarchates. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 Prophet Daniel Street downtown is considered one of the world’s oldest, and today runs past a mosque, a synagogue and St. Mark’s Church, the seat of the Coptic Christian patriarchate. Washington Post, "Rising seas threaten Egypt’s fabled port city of Alexandria," 30 Aug. 2019 The Moscow patriarchate of the Orthodox Church, deeply rooted in an establishment model of church–state relations, has expressed approval of the decision. L. Martin Nussbaum, National Review, "‘Error Has No Rights’: Religious Coercion Persists, from Russia to America," 18 Sep. 2017 Rivalries between church patriarchates have sometimes degenerated into brawls. Nasser Nasser, National Geographic, "In Bethlehem's Ancient Church, a Long Unseen Presence Appears," 27 May 2016

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First Known Use of patriarchate

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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