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



BrE BrE//ˈpeɪtriɑːki//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtriɑːrki//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. patriarchies)
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a society, system or country that is ruled or controlled by men compare matriarchy Word Originmid 17th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek patriarkhia, from patriarkhēs ‘ruling father’, from patria ‘family’ + arkhēs ‘ruling’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patriarchy