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She is the matriarch of the extended family.
  a usually elderly woman who is the leader of a group such as a family or tribe
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Strongly Associated with:   patriarch, matriarchy, patriarchy
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  • She is the matriarch of the extended family.
  • Viola Buckner, an island matriarch and an important bridge in the tenuous relationship between blacks and whites on the island, left home during the summer for an operation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • My grandmother still lives in the same home in the Bronx, presiding as ever as the family matriarch.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The matriarchs of the families were jealous of Genevieve’s power.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars

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  • A woman’s husband can go fight the invaders while she controls the household, enjoying the love and respect of her sons, expecting one day to rule as matriarch over her daughters-in-law and their children.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I have no doubt that Smeagol’s grandmother was a matriarch, a great person in her way, but to talk of her possessing many Elven-rings was absurd, and as for giving them away, it was a lie.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The tree presided over the woods like a benevolent matriarch, protecting its inhabitants under the shelter of her branches.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It was Orange Juice—so called because she tended to drool—our prize Borneo orang-utan matriarch, zoo star and mother of two fine boys, surrounded by a mass of black spiders that crawled around her like malevolent worshippers.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • On the surface, Belle remained the cool and focused prairie matriarch.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They had patriarchs and matriarchs but they had no prince before him.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March

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  • The wounding of their matriarch seemed to take the fight out of the Reardens, who retreated, carrying the big woman.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • I now knew that Molly and Roger, the bride and groom, had lived together for three years, a fact that one gobbler relative was sure contributed to the recent death of the family matriarch.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Grandmother was the matriarch and had led an exemplary life; Third Sister had accomplished nothing.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Sara Mahmoody Ghodsi was the matriarch of the family, whom everyone addressed with a title of deep respect, Ameh Bozorg, "Great-aunt."
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Those wanderings led him to the prostrate redlight district, where in other times bundles of banknotes had been burned to liven up the revels, and which at that time was a maze of streets more afflicted and miserable than the others, with a few red lights still burning and with deserted dance halls adorned with the remnants of wreaths, where the pale, fat widows of no one, the French great-grandmothers and the Babylonian matriarchs, were still waiting beside their photographs.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • …phrases out of the part which she had written for herself, of the duchess peripatetic with property soups and medicines among a soilless and uncompelled peasantry—a woman who, if she had had the fortitude to bear sorrow and trouble, might have risen to actual stardom in the role of the matriarch arbitrating from the fireside corner of a crone the pride and destiny of her family, instead of turning at the last to the youngest member of it and asking her to protect the others.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Père Lafontant’s wife, Mamito, the matriarch of Zanmi Lasante, had supervised a home improvement project, distributing materials that Tom White had paid for and quietly arranging for the reconstruction of the worst of the dwellings.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • At their center, Max glimpsed Dame Mala, the matriarch of her clan.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • In Meena’s brothel, the tyrant was the family matriarch, Ainul Bibi.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • That day she had been the unsuitable young woman threatening the family security of a disapproving matriarch.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • In one of the best houses of the village Mrs. Hudson, the matriarch, was pleased that a vicar was again in residence.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Doña Zaida, once a formidable matriarch who ruled her eight sons by a resolute jealousy, spent long afternoons watching novelas on television and perfuming her thickening wrists.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • He knew, of course, that whatever man dared (within Fifth Avenue’s limits) that old Mrs. Manson Mingott, the Matriarch of the line, would dare.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She is the Great Matriarch of Rowan and has been here since it was established.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Who is the Great Matriarch?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • "But YaYa’s too old," said Max aloud, puzzling over how the sphere would fit on Rowan’s Matriarch.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • As the Great Matriarch of Rowan, however, she’s the one you’ll have to answer to if she hears you’re shirking your tasks.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • And no group systematically abuses young women more cruelly than mothers-in-law, who serve as household matriarchs in much of the world and take charge of disciplining the younger women.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Because you are the Great Matriarch of Rowan.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • The round of parties began as scheduled the following day and our social odyssey was initiated, of course, at the home of the patriarch and matriarch of the clan.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I did not know the Great Matriarch could have one.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • He found the old matriarch sitting very straight by her fire, her breath coming in short gasps, and he knew her well enough by now to guess that Mrs. Hudson was more upset than ill.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • It was YaYa, the Great Matriarch of Rowan.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Now it was my mother’s turn to play the disapproving matriarch while a foolish son brought her a dangerously unsuitable young woman.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • She became the matriarch of seven strong-willed children but hobbled until the end of her life in tiny shoes, walking like a slim penguin on short stilts.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • "Carrots," and tears trickled down the cheeks of the matriarch.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • There is a bear loose in the church," said Mrs. Hudson, the matriarch, to T. P., the elder.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • …by blood, not even Coldfield blood, but certainly by the tradition in which Thomas Sutpen’s ruthless will had carved a niche) to pass through the soft insulated and unscathed cocoon stages: bud, served prolific queen, then potent and soft-handed matriarch of old age’s serene and well-lived content—Judith handicapped by what in me was a few years’ ignorance but which in her was ten generations of iron prohibition, who had not learned that first principle of penury which is to scrimp and…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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