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



BrE BrE//ˌmeɪtriˈɑːkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmeɪtriˈɑːrkl//
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(of a society or system) controlled by women rather than men; passing power, property, etc. from mother to daughter rather than from father to son The animals live in matriarchal groups. compare patriarchal
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: matriarchal