Definitions for matriarchˈmeɪ triˌɑrk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•tri•archˈmeɪ triˌɑrk(n.)

  1. the female head of a family or tribal line.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Sociology, Anthropology

  2. a woman who is the founder or dominant member of a group.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Anthropology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. matriarch, materfamilias(noun)

    a female head of a family or tribe

  2. matriarch(noun)

    a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)


  1. matriarch(Noun)

    A female leader of a family, a tribe or an ethnic or religious group.

  2. matriarch(Noun)

    A female founder of a political or religious movement, an organization or an enterprise.

  3. Origin: From Latin mater (meaning mother) + -arch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matriarch(noun)

    the mother and ruler of a family or of her descendants; a ruler by maternal right

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a woman who is head and ruler of her family or of a tribe.

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