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matriarchal authority

Definition of Matriarchal Authority

(noun) A family or group dynamic where a mother or female exerts the most power and authority.

Example of Matriarchal Authority

Matriarchal Authority Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ma·tri·ar·chal au·thor·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /may-tree-AHR-kuhl uh-thOR-uh-tee/
  • British English – /may-tri-AH-kuhl aw-thOr-i-tee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˌmeɪtɹiˈɑrkəl əˈθɔrətɪ/
  • British English: /ˌmeɪtɹɪˈɑːk(ə)l ɔːˈθɒɹɪtɪ/

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Cite the Definition of Matriarchal Authority

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matriarchal authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 27, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchal-authority/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

matriarchal authority. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchal-authority/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matriarchal authority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 27, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchal-authority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“matriarchal authority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchal-authority/>.