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matriarch

noun [C]  /ˈmeɪ·triˌɑrk/ us  
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  /ˌmeɪ·triˈɑr·kəl/ us  
a matriarchal society
Translations of “matriarch”
in Spanish matriarca…
in French femme chef de famille/tribu…
in German die Matriarchin…
in Chinese (Traditional) 女家長, 女族長…
in Chinese (Simplified) 女家长, 女族长…
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