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1. A woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
2. A woman who dominates a group or an activity.
3. A highly respected woman who is a mother.

ma′tri·ar′chal (-är′kəl), ma′tri·ar′chic (-är′kĭk) adj.
ma′tri·ar′chal·ism n.


(ˌmeɪ triˈɑr kəl)

also ma`tri•ar′chic,

of or pertaining to a matriarch or matriarchy.


Describes a society in which the positions of power or dominance are held mainly by women. No historical proof of a truly matriarchal society has been found.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.matriarchal - characteristic of a matriarchymatriarchal - characteristic of a matriarchy  
maternal - characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
patriarchal - characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
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[ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑːkl] ADJmatriarcal


[ˌmeɪtriˈɑːrkəl] adj [society] → matriarcal(e)



[ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑːkl] adjmatriarcale


(ˈmeitriaːk) noun
a woman who is head and ruler of her family or of a tribe.
ˌmatriˈarchal adjective
of, like, ruled by etc a matriarch or matriarchs. a matriarchal society (= a society dominated by women).
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