ma|tri|ar|chal [ˌmeıtriˈa:kl US -ˈa:r-] adj
1.) ruled or controlled by women
a matriarchal society
2.) relating to or typical of a matriarch

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  • matriarchal — ma tri*ar chal, a. Of or pertaining to a matriarch; governed by a matriarch or matriarchs; as, a matriarchal society. [1913 Webster +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • matriarchal — (adj.) 1780 (in reference to bee colonies); see MATRIARCH (Cf. matriarch) + AL (Cf. al) (1); patterned after patriarchy [Barnhart]. Related: Matriarchally …   Etymology dictionary

  • matriarchal — [[t]me͟ɪtriɑ͟ː(r)k(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ A matriarchal society, family, or system is one in which the rulers are female and power or property is passed from mother to daughter. ...the 3,000 years of the matriarchal Sumerian society. Ant: patriarchal 2) …   English dictionary

  • matriarchal — ma|tri|ar|chal [ ,meıtri arkl ] adjective 1. ) used for describing a society that is ruled by women a ) relating to a matriarch b ) relating to the older woman in a society: matriarchal skills 2. ) relating to mothers: Property is passed down… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • matriarchal — UK [ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑː(r)k(ə)l] / US [ˌmeɪtrɪˈɑrk(ə)l] adjective 1) used for describing a society that is ruled by women a) relating to a matriarch b) relating to the older women in a society matriarchal skills 2) relating to mothers Property is passed… …   English dictionary

  • matriarchal — adj. Matriarchal is used with these nouns: ↑society …   Collocations dictionary

  • matriarchal — adjective 1 ruled or controlled by women: a matriarchal society 2 connected with or typical of a matriarch …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • matriarchal — matriarch ► NOUN 1) a woman who is the head of a family or tribe. 2) a powerful older woman. DERIVATIVES matriarchal adjective matriarchy noun. ORIGIN from Latin mater mother , on the false analogy of patriarch …   English terms dictionary

  • Matriarchal religion — The concept of a Matriarchal religion is a concept forwarded in second wave feminism since the 1970s, based on the notion of a historical matriarchy first developed in the 19th century by J. J. Bachofen. A matriarchal religion is supposedly… …   Wikipedia

  • matriarchal vs patriarchal — matricentric matricentric adj. centered upon the mother. [Narrower terms: {matriarchal (vs. patriarchal)}] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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