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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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