Meaning of “matriarch” in the English Dictionary

"matriarch" in British English

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matriarchnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmeɪ.tri.ɑːk/ us /ˈmeɪ.tri.ɑːrk/

(Definition of “matriarch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"matriarch" in American English

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matriarchnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmeɪ·triˌɑrk/

a powerful and usually older woman in charge of a family, or the female leader of a society in which women hold power

matriarchal
adjective us /ˌmeɪ·triˈɑr·kəl/

a matriarchal society

(Definition of “matriarch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)