matriarchy

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Etymology[edit]

Coined after patriarchy, from Latin māter (mother) and Greek ἄρχω (I rule).

Noun[edit]

matriarchy (plural matriarchies)

  1. A social system in which the mother is head of household, having authority over men and children.
  2. A system of government by females (particularly as a kind of polity).
  3. The dominance of women in social or cultural systems.

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