adjective. ['ˌpeɪtriːˈɑːrkəl'] characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line.
- -al (English)
- patriarch (English)
- patriarcha (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
Words that Rhyme with Patriarchal
Example sentences of the word patriarchal
While many families still operate under a patriarchal setup, women are gaining more pull within a family.