matriarchate matriarchate

Definition(s):

  • (n) a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line

Usage(s):

  • Small, poor but proud, it was a nominal matriarchate actually ruled by a small male aristocracy, supposedly Christian but actually savage, subsisting on the slave trade.
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