Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “patriarchy”

See all translations

patriarchy

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpeɪ.tri.ɑː.ki/ us    /-ɑːr-/
a society in which the oldest male is the leader of the family, or a society controlled by men in which they use their power to their own advantage: Patriarchy has not disappeared - it has merely changed form. She rails against patriarchy and hierarchy.
Compare
Translations of “patriarchy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 父權社會, 男權社會…
in Chinese (Simplified) 父权制社会, 男权社会…
(Definition of patriarchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of patriarchy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “patriarchy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More