matriarchy

[mey-tree-ahr-kee]
noun, plural matriarchies.
1.
a family, society, community, or state governed by women.
2.
a form of social organization in which the mother is head of the family, and in which descent is reckoned in the female line, the children belonging to the mother's clan; matriarchal system.

Origin:
1880–85; matri- + -archy

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matriarchy (ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪ)
 
n , pl -chies
1.  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.  any society dominated by women

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matriarchy
formed in English 1885 from matriarch.
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matriarchy [(may-tree-ahr-kee)]

A family or society in which authority is held by females, through whom descent and inheritance are traced. More generally, a matriarchy is a society dominated by women. (See also matrilineal, patriarchy, and patrilineal.)

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Example sentences
They create a matriarchy that sustains an off-kilter patriarch.
But she was right that the new matriarchy would not survive her.
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