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patriarch

pa·tri·arch

patriarch

 
 
pronunciation:
peI tri ark
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a man who is the leader of a family or tribe.
definition 2: 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."
derivations: patriarchal (adj.), patriarchally (adv.)
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