Definition of matriarch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtriɑːk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtrɑːrk//
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a woman who is the head of a family or social group compare patriarch See related entries: Family background Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin mater ‘mother’, on the false analogy of patriarch.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: matriarch