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Definition a usually elderly woman who is the leader of a group such as a family or tribe
  • She is the matriarch of the extended family.
  • My grandmother still lives in the same home in the Bronx, presiding as ever as the family matriarch.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • That day she had been the unsuitable young woman threatening the family security of a disapproving matriarch.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • On the surface, Belle remained the cool and focused prairie matriarch.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • At their center, Max glimpsed Dame Mala, the matriarch of her clan.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • "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
  • The tree presided over the woods like a benevolent matriarch, protecting its inhabitants under the shelter of her branches.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They had patriarchs and matriarchs but they had no prince before him.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She is the Great Matriarch of Rowan and has been here since it was established.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • 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
  • Grandmother was the matriarch and had led an exemplary life; Third Sister had accomplished nothing.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • 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'
  • In Meena's brothel, the tyrant was the family matriarch, Ainul Bibi.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • 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
  • Who is the Great Matriarch?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • 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
  • The matriarchs of the families were jealous of Genevieve's power.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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