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pa·tri·arch

patriarch

 
 
pronunciation:
peI tri ark
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a man who is the leader of a family or tribe.
Our grandfather, the patriarch of the family, had a say in all my parents' important decisions.
definition 2: an old man who is respected and honored; or some other living thing that is like a patriarch.
The town patriarch knows a lot about the history of the area.We call that big, old tree the "patriarch of the woods."
derivations: patriarchal (adj.), patriarchally (adv.)
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The word patriarch contains the following parts:
arch, archi, arche (archae), archeo, (archaeo), -arch, -archy Greek root that means first in rank or time
synonyms:
prim, princ, prot, proto
 
patr, patri, pater Latin root that means father, fatherland
synonyms:
matr, matri, mater