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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.

2. A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch.

3. A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively. The patriarch hoary, the sage of his kith and the hamlet. (Longfellow) The monarch oak, the partiarch of trees. (Dryde)

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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