Matriarchy



[mey-tree-ahr-kee] /ˈmeɪ triˌɑr ki/

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; system.
/ˈmeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪ/
noun (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
n.

formed in English 1881 from matriarch + -y (1).
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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