[mey-tree-ahrk] /ˈmeɪ triˌɑrk/

the female head of a family or tribal line.
a woman who is the founder or dominant member of a community or group.
a venerable old woman.
a woman who dominates an organization, community, etc
the female head of a tribe or family, esp in a matriarchy
a very old or venerable woman

1780 (in reference to bee colonies); see matriarch + -al (1); “patterned after patriarchy” [Barnhart]. Related: Matriarchally.

“mother who heads a family or tribe,” c.1600, from matri- + -arch, abstracted from patriarch.


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