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Below you will find the definition of matriarch, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)
EXAMPLES - Matriarch in a Sentence
- I've thoroughly enjoyed my role as mom or aka matriarch! (source)
- She was known as the matriarch in that whole neighborhood. (source)
- Zelda is known as the matriarch of New York's nightlife scene. (source)
- Elephant described as matriarch of Toronto Zoo herd dies at age 41 (source)
- She was the matriarch of their family, and now she's no longer there. (source)
- The rest of you, go with your so-called matriarch into the wilderness. (source)
- The matriarch is the head of the heard while males tend to be solitary. (source)
- "This woman is a _mother_, apparently some kind of matriarch to her extended _family_. (source)
- To many music listeners, she's probably best known as the matriarch of the Wainwright clan. (source)
- Bullock plays the matriarch of a family that takes in a homeless boy and helps him excel at football. (source)
- Rose and Tony are the matriarch and patriarch of the Dyer clan, one of Kenya's most legendary families. (source)
- Their matriarch is inside for similar offences but the remainder of the gang is active all over the city. (source)
- On the other hand, I can't help but feel like the word "matriarch" implies that I am bossy and overbearing. (source)
- I'm writing to you all as the "matriarch" of the "wacky and wild" Harrington bunch to bring you "up to speed!" (source)
- The matriarch was a preschool teacher who worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life. (source)
- The female headship within the Tequila Party hopes to parallel the Latin matriarch role within the Latin community. (source)
- Anya Whitson, the matriarch, is Russian-born, cold and detached from her daughters, never showing love or affection. (source)
- But the matriarch is the glue that binds the entire family together and the inheritor of the late Jindal's political constituency. (source)
- At 7: 30 a.m. yesterday, zoo staff arrived for work to find 41-year-old Tara, described as the matriarch of the elephants, lying down in her enclosure. (source)
- In the adaptation of Michael Lewis's best-selling book, she plays the matriarch of a family that takes in a homeless boy and helps him excel at football. (source)
- She also earned several Emmy nomination for her television work in the 1970s, notably as the Walton family matriarch in "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story." (source)
- The 77-year-old actress, who portrayed the Brady Bunch matriarch, says she got crabs after a fling with former New York City Mayor John Lindsay in the 1960s. (source)
- Schoeppner said Christoffersen tended her resignation to her mother, Grace Salisbury, described on the El Coyote Web site as the "matriarch" of the restaurant. (source)
- Schoeppner said Christoffersen tended her resignation to her mother, Grace Salisbury, who is described on the El Coyote Web site as the "matriarch" of the restaurant. (source)
- The stars were due to lead tributes as more than 1,000 mourners crammed into a star-studded central London service for Richard, best-known as matriarch Pauline Fowler. (source)
- Asia's richest woman, Savitri Jindal, the widowed matriarch of OP Jindal Group, a steel and power conglomerate in India, has nine children, more than any woman on the list. (source)
- Officials at the Toronto Zoo say staff who worked with Tara the elephant are devastated after the animal described as the matriarch of the zoo's elephant herd died unexpectedly at age 41. (source)
- TORONTO - Officials at the Toronto Zoo say staff who worked with Tara the elephant are devastated after the animal described as the matriarch of the zoo's elephant herd died unexpectedly at age 41. (source)
- Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has called the BBC the "matriarch" of digital radio switchover, tasking the Corporation with lion's share of responsibility for funding and coordinating coverage roll-out. (source)
- Last Spring while attending a Tlaquepaque language school for 10 days, my host family matriarch (middle 80's - great cook) asked if I would like to attend the Friday night concert in the zocolo with her. (source)
- Up to $7,500 has been donated as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed the "matriarch" of whooping cranes, Number 217, in this year's escorted migration. (source)
- Blige plays the manager at the nightclub and friend of Henson's character, while Knight will play Wilma, a kind of matriarch of the neighborhood and singer at Marshall Baptist Church, where Madea also circulates. (source)
- Family "matriarch" Lillian Cantini Rourke also there, natch, celebrating her 84th b'day with her sons Jerome and James II - he with wife Debbie - and grandsons James Rourke III and his friend Lexie, and Justin Rourke. (source)
- The word matriarch could have been coined to describe my mother: now 89, she is the last living child of her parents, mother of five adult children, grandmother of 12 and has recently acquired three great-granddaughters. (source)
- Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor, and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, bound together by the love, fierce loyalty, and stubborn determination of a beloved, indomitable matriarch. (source)
- That is why I am pleased as punch (which I also drank) to present the following chronicle of the Zezima family, which includes Jerry, the patriarch; Sue, the matriarch; Katie and Lauren, the childriarchs; and Katie's husband, Dave, the son-in-lawiarch. (source)
- My family is all happily ensconced in the bosom of extended family experience: my husband and step sons, Garrett and Hunter are with our Michigan family celebrating the first Thanksgiving together since the death of the family matriarch, my beloved mother in law, Natalie McIntyre, who died on Mother's Day, 2008. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "matriarch" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 7 synonyms for matriarch.
dame, dignified woman, dowager, grande dame, matron, mother, queen
We have 1 antonym for matriarch.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of matriarch from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
- (noun) A woman who dominates a group or an activity.
- (noun) A highly respected woman who is a mother.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A female leader of a family, a tribe or an ethnic or religious group.
- (noun) A female founder of a political or religious movement, an organization or an enterprise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The mother and ruler of a family or of her descendants; a ruler by maternal right.
- (noun) A woman who dominates or is the most important member of a group or organization; in businesses, often the founder or owner of the largest interest.
- (noun) A venerated old woman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The wife of a patriarch.
- (noun) A woman who holds (to some extent or in some respect) in a family or tribe a position analogous to that of a patriarch. See matriarchy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)
- (noun) a female head of a family or tribe