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matriarchate

[mey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt] /ˈmeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt/
noun
1.
a matriarchal system or community.
2.
a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; matriarch + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for matriarchate

matriarchate

/ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt; -keɪt/
noun
1.
(rare) a family or people under female domination or government
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