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ma·tri·ar·chy

 (mā′trē-är′kē)
n. pl. ma·tri·ar·chies
1.
a. A social system in which the mother is head of the family.
b. A family, community, or society based on this system or governed by women.
2. The collection of women in positions of power, especially in such a social system or community. In all senses also called matriarchate.

matriarchy

(ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪ)
n, pl -chies
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a form of social organization in which a female is head of the family or society, and descent and kinship are traced through the female line
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) any society dominated by women

ma•tri•ar•chy

(ˈmeɪ triˌɑr ki)

n., pl. -chies.
1. a family, society, or state governed by women.
2. a form of social organization in which the mother is head of the family and descent is reckoned in the female line.

matriarchy

1. a community in which the mother or oldest female is the supreme authority, and descent is traced through the female line.
2. government by females, with one as supreme. — matriarchist, n.matriarchic, matriarchical, adj.
See also: Women
a society organized with the mother or oldest female as head of the tribe or clan, with descent being traced through the female line. — matriarch, n.matriarchal, adj.
See also: Government
a system of social order wherein final authority is vested in the mother or eldest female and in which descent is reckoned in the female line. — matriarchal, adj.
See also: Mother
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matriarchy - a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female linematriarchy - a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
Translations
matriarcatmatriarchie

matriarchy

[ˈmeɪtrɪɑːkɪ] Nmatriarcado m

matriarchy

[ˈmeɪtriɑːrki] nmatriarcat m

matriarchy

nMatriarchat nt

matriarchy

[ˈmeɪtrɪɑːkɪ] nmatriarcato
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It is remarkable that, in modern-day Ireland, despite the dilution of a Catholic presence and amidst an increasing secularization of institutions, pluralism, severe economic distress, and pervasive anti-intellectualism, the masses in this matriarchial culture courageously advocate for life--not because they are Catholic (because most claim otherwise), not because they are women (statistics indicate otherwise), but because Irish culture--insular and agrarian--is founded on the family unit, and a deeply in grained respect for life.
The Galician matriarchial structure may have something to do with the apparent disdain for this masculine myth, born in patriarchal society.
Writer Ian Emberson, who now lives in Todmorden, said: "That atmospheric setting was the scene of many a stimulating evening, with Mabel always there, the grand presiding matriarchial figures.