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matriarch

ma·tri·arch

matriarch

 
 
pronunciation:
meI tri ark
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part of speech: noun
definition: a woman who acts as head of a family, tribe, or other group of people.
The matriarch had made her decision, and her husband and sons were obliged to obey.
derivations: matriarchal (adj.), matriarchic (adj.), matriarchalism (n.)
Word Parts
The word matriarch contains the following parts:
arch, archi, arche (archae), archeo, (archaeo), -arch, -archy Greek root that means first in rank or time
synonyms:
prim, princ, prot, proto
 
matr, matri, mater Latin root that means mother
synonyms:
patr, patri, pater