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Latin, via or reinforced by Old French matriarche, from māter (mother) + -archa, -arches, from Ancient Greek -άρχης (-árkhēs), from ἀρχός (arkhós, chief), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ergʰ- (to begin, rule, command). Surface analysis matri- +‎ -arch.

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matriarch (plural matriarchs)

  1. A female leader of a family, a tribe or an ethnic or religious group.
    1. The dominant female in a family group of elephants
  2. A female founder of a political or religious movement, an organization or an enterprise.

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matriarch f (plural matriarchen, diminutive matriarchje n, masculine patriarch)

  1. matriarch

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