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[mey-tree-ahr-kee] /ˈmeɪ triˌɑr ki/

noun, plural matriarchies.
a family, society, community, or state governed by women.
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.
noun (pl) -chies
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
any society dominated by women

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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