- Nov 2016
Yes, I know this definition, but it is only used by feminists (not all) and deviates from traditional use, because the terms patriarchy/matriarchy are traditionally related to power, not to origin. The term ´Patriarches' is originally Greek and means ruling father.EXACT MEANING OF THE TERM
The exact meaning of the word "matriarchy" is "maternal by origin". A root "arch" "power" does not have the meaning “power” and in the best way to see the nature of this root is to compare the words where it is the beginning of a word: archaic, archeology, archive.
It therefore makes little sense to use an expression that is understood quite differently outside feminist circles than by - some, not all - feminists.
Therefore, I suggest using the terms 'matricentric' or ´matrifocal´ to indicate what you mean.
gravitating toward or centered upon the mother… See the full definition