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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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matriarchma‧tri‧arch /ˈmeɪtriɑːk $ -ɑːrk/ noun [countable]  SSWFAMILYa woman, especially an older woman, who controls a family or a social grouppatriarch
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matriarchBossy matriarch Pauline Faaahhhhler finds out she's the real grandma of Sonia's baby and sticks her nose right in.We then watched it buttonhole every munching matriarch in the flock, crying, ` Did you see?This painting speaks with burning honesty of man's love, and of his fear, of the overpowering matriarch.She had been the rock of our whole family, the matriarch, a marvellous, marvellous woman.I learned my sense of quality and performance from my grandmother, the matriarch of the family.Yet it seems unlikely that a return to the matriarch ate is either possible or the way ahead.
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