1. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses.
Origin: F. Patriarche, L. Patriarcha, Gr, fr. Lineage, especially on the father's side, race; father _ a leader, chief, fr. To lead, rule. See Father, Archaic.
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... from that of the community.... Workload is equally shared among the members. The women are often housewives and cook for the entire family. The patriarch of the family (often the oldest male member) lays down the rules, works (if not retired) and arbitrates disputes. Other senior members of ...
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