matriarchy

1. (noun) A society, system, or group in which women dominate men and have the power and authority.

2. (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.

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Usage Notes:

  • 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.
  • Derived terms sentence: A (noun) matriarch or (noun) matriarchist (adverb) matriarchally heads a (adjective) matriarchic or (adjective) matriarchal society.
  • Matriarchy used in a sentence: My mother grew up in a matriarchy led by her mother.

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How to Cite the Definition of Matriarchy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matriarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 19, 2019 (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/

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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