Meaning of “patriarchy” in the English Dictionary


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

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patriarchynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈpeɪ·triˌɑr·ki/

social studies a form of social organization in which fathers or other males control the family, clan, tribe, or larger social unit, or a society organized in this way

social studies Patriarchy is also the control by men, rather than women or both men and women, of most of the power and authority in a society.

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