patriarchate[pā′trē är′kit, -kāt′]
patriarchate definition by Webster's New World
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- the position, rank, jurisdiction, territory, etc. of a patriarch
Origin: Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin patriarchatus
patriarchate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The territory, rule, or rank of a patriarch.
- See patriarchy.