Definition of matriarchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmātrēˌärkē/

noun (plural matriarchies)

1A system of society or government ruled by a woman or women.
Example sentences
  • A famous woman ruled during the period of the matriarchy (when women held the majority of power).
  • Women, except for the rare instances of societal matriarchies, have been perceived as inferior in intelligence, inadequate in controlling their body fluids, and predominantly sexually moronic.
  • Chamorro culture is a matriarchy, meaning that the women are central to the culture's survival.
1.1A form of social organization in which descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line.
Example sentences
  • The activists sided with his mother-in-law, thus appearing to support matriarchy over patriarchy.
  • Part of their theorizing around matriarchy comes from their mother, who insisted that despite their different fathers the fact that they all came out of her meant that they were sisters - nothing more, nothing less.
1.2The state of being an older, powerful woman in a family or group: she cherished a dream of matriarchy—catered to by grandchildren
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  • We were not allowed to read of the Queen Mother's foibles, of course, perhaps because she achieved fame not through talent but via marriage and matriarchy.
  • From this parallel it is to be seen that the development of consciousness that corresponds to matriarchy must little by little be released by the archetypal masculine.
  • For thousands of years before the first movements of patriarchy, the archaeological record is full of female figurines indicating worship of goddesses, female fertility, or matriarchy.

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Syllabification: ma·tri·ar·chy

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