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patriarch - Dictionary definition and meaning for word patriarch

(noun) title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem)
(noun) the male head of family or tribe
Synonyms : paterfamilias

(noun) any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
(noun) a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for patriarch

partri+arch patri=father......hence partiarch is father of family or tribe
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by harishankam

just as MONARCH means ruler, patriarch is ruler of a family or tribe
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by khushboo104

pati+arch.......so arch means a single ruler and that person is pati i.e. father of family
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by er.amit.1jan

patriarch -patri means father and arch means the ruler and patriarch society means the society dominated by the male
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