Definition of matriarchate in US English:

matriarchate

noun

  • A matriarchal form of social organization, especially in a tribal society.

    • ‘This is tantamount to accepting a new social order consisting of a matriarchate at the bottom of the social ladder, with female-headed broken families instituted as a way of life on the basis that everything's ok if mom is working.’
    • ‘It is often used as the ultimate authority in the Goddess community on subjects as diverse as the origin of the belief in a cat's nine lives to the existence of ‘the matriarchate.’’

Pronunciation

matriarchate

/-ˌärkət/