Definitions of Matriarchy
- (noun) A society, system, or group in which women dominate men and have the power and authority.
- (noun) A group or family where the mother or oldest female is the head of the family with descent typically traced through the female line.
- American English – /mAY-tree-ahr-kee/
- British English – /mAY-triah-kee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈmeɪtriˌɑrki/
- British English – /ˈmeɪtrɪɑːki/
- Plural: matriarchies
- The existence of a true matriarchal society is often debated in the social sciences.
- In contrast to a matriarchy, a patriarchy is a society or group in which men dominate women and have the power and authority.
- Also called matriarchate.
- A (noun) matriarch or (noun) matriarchist (adverb) matriarchally heads a (adjective) matriarchic or (adjective) matriarchal society.
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Cite the Definition of Matriarchy
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matriarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
matriarchy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matriarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“matriarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/matriarchy/>.