a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is reckoned through the male line.
“the thematic relationships of the ballad are worked out according to the conventional archetypes of the patriarchy”
a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
“the dominant ideology of patriarchy”
a society or community organised on patriarchal lines.
plural noun: patriarchies
“we live in a patriarchy”