Matriarchy

Pronunciation:/ˈmātrēˌärkē, /
definition of matriarchy from Oxford Dictionaries Online
noun (plural matriarchies)

  • a system of society or government ruled by a woman or women.
  • a form of social organization in which descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line.
  • the state of being an older, powerful woman in a family or group:she cherished a dream of matriarchy — catered to by grandchildren
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