- government by old men
- pl. -·cies a governing group composed of old men
Origin of gerontocracyaltered (modeled on -cracy) ; from French gérontocratie ; from Classical Greek geronto- (see gerontology) + -kratia, -cracy
- Government based on rule by elders.
- A governing group of elders.
- Government by elders.
geronto- + -cracy, from Ancient Greek