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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.
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(ˌmeɪ triˈɑr kəl)

also ma`tri•ar′chic,

of or pertaining to a matriarch or matriarchy.
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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.
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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
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[ˌmeɪtriˈɑːrkəl] adj [society] → matriarcal(e)
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[ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑːkl] adjmatriarcale
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(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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Told across a grand, multi-generational timescale, the story begins with Novic, a priest who disobeys the accepted tradition of his matriarchal society by giving his son a name, Odysseus.
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This year marks 30 years on Coronation Street for the Weatherfield icon who plays Liz McDonald, and she's proud to be part of a matriarchal show with strong female characters at the heart of the drama.
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Julie Beach presents a provocative exploration on "The Nature of Women: Transpersonal and Existential underpinnings of a new Paradigm of Development through the Lens of the Matriarchal Society".
You might find deeper political meaning in the rivalry between the matriarchal Rabbits, who have held on to more of their hippie ideals, and the patriarchal Bears, who are closer in spirit to a biker gang.
The matriarchal society of bonobos offers a conflicting example.
An ancient matriarchal power has set the wheels in motion for a long line of descendants.
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"Some (doe fawn) dispersal may be due to high densities and the influence of matriarchal does."