Word of the Day Archive
Friday August 30, 2013
gynarchy \JIN-er-kee, GAHY-ner-, JAHY-ner-\
government by women.
They—for it is a triplicate Gynarchy—still rule over a very large portion of territory and enjoy a subsidy from the government...
-- George Alexander Lethbridge Banbury, Sierra Leone: or, The White Man's Grave, 1888
"But I have heard of—of gynarchy, I believe they call it." "You mean petticoat government?" "Yes."
-- edited by D. L. Cease, "Her Bright Smile," The Railroad Trainman's Journal, 1894
Gynarchy entered English in the late 1500s from the Greek gyne + -arkhe literally meaning "woman rule."