- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||a man who is the leader of a family or tribe.
Our grandfather, the patriarch of the family, had a say in all my parents' important decisions.
||an old man who is respected and honored; or some other living thing that is like a patriarch.
The town patriarch knows a lot about the history of the area.We call that big, old tree the "patriarch of the woods."
||patriarchal (adj.), patriarchally (adv.)