Definition of patriarchal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌpeɪtriˈɑːkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpeɪtriˈɑːrkl//
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  1. 1ruled or controlled by men; giving power and importance only to men a patriarchal society
  2. 2connected with a patriarch
  3. compare matriarchal
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patriarchal