An example of a patriarch is Abraham, Issac, Jacob or one of Jacob's twelve sons in the Bible.
The patriarch of the herd.
Other Word Forms
Origin of patriarch
- Middle English patriarche from Old French from Late Latin patriarcha from Greek patriarkhēs patriā lineage (from patēr patr- father pəter- in Indo-European roots) -arkhēs -arch
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition