- 1. a woman who is the head of a family or tribe: "in some cultures the mother proceeds to the status of a matriarch"
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Definition of matriarch. : a woman who rules or dominates a family, group, or state; specifically. : a mother who is head and ruler of her family and descendants. Our grandmother was the family's matriarch.
[mey-tree-ahrk] See more synonyms for matriarch on Thesaurus.com. noun. 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.
ma·tri·arch 1. A woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe. 2. A woman who dominates a group or an activity. 3. A highly respected woman who is a mother.
A matriarch is a woman who rules in a society in which power passes from mother to daughter.
‘She is the matriarch of the big family - she has 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.’ ‘Here was mummy, the matriarch, whose strength had sustained us for so many years, her own health now in limbo.’ ‘The matriarch of the family today got herself a literary agent.’
matriarch definition: 1. an old and powerful woman in a family, or the female leader of a society in which power passes…. Learn more.
Matriarchy is a social system in which females hold the primary power positions in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property at the specific exclusion of males — at least to a large degree. While those definitions apply in general English, definitions specific to the disciplines of anthropology and feminism differ in some respects. Most anthropologists hold that there are no known anthropological societies that are unambiguously matriarchal ...
Rose Kennedy was the matriarch of the Kennedy clan — she was the female head of the family. This noun can also be used metaphorically. For instance, Alice Waters could be called the matriarch of Chez Panisse and the generation of chefs that her revolutionary restaurant inspired. Although matriarch was created as a parallel term to patriarch,...
matriarch - a female head of a family or tribe. materfamilias. head of household - the head of a household or family or tribe. adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted".
Definition of matriarch. a female head of a family or tribe ; a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)