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patriarch

pa·tri·arch

patriarch

 
 
pronunciation:
peI tri ark
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a usu. elderly male leader of a family or tribe. (Cf. matriarch.)
The tribe sought the advice of the patriarch in all important matters.
similar words:
elder
definition 2: in the Old Testament, one of the fathers of humankind or of the Hebrews.
definition 3: an elderly and revered man, or some analogous living thing such as a very large tree or large old herd animal.
similar words:
father
definition 4: in some churches, a high-ranking bishop or other official.
similar words:
father
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derivations: patriarchal (adj.), patriarchally (adv.)
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