matriarchy matriarchy  /ˈmeɪ tri ˌɑr ki/


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


  1. The trend has occasioned some predictions of a coming matriarchy in which high-achieving women will rule over a nation of slacker guys.
  2. The Illinois Senator talks to the magazine about women's issues, matriarchy in his family and what he wants for his daughters.
  3. Otherwise we are going to have matriarchy.


  • WILLIAMS: Dads put the fun in life

    By the time you read this, Father's Day will be over. That's because there hasn't been a father in our family in so long, it slips my mind. Our women are long-lived and each generation of us becomes a matriarchy as the men die off. That has always be
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Pharos-Tribune


  1. ...a late 1980s sex discrimination case that a professor successfully brought against BU, faculty members testified that Silber called the English department "a damn matriarchy."
    on Sep 29, 2005 By: John Silber Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. "The opposite of patriarchy isn't matriarchy," Fonda said. "It is democracy."
    on May 1, 2008 By: Jane Fonda Source: The Republican -

  3. Freud called it the "self-indulgent fact-blind ascendancy of the matriarchy", but I prefer Mr Banks's summary in Mary Poppins: "Slipshod, sugary female thinking."
    on Jan 19, 2007 By: Sigmund Freud Source: Guardian Unlimited

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