Part of speech: noun

The head of a family or of a tribe; venerable man.

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Usage examples "patriarch":

  1. Saying which, the venerable patriarch pitched his tent, where he sojourned during his stay on earth; and the inhabitants, in hope of being honoured by another visit, still adhere to the same system. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. The patriarch will coincide with me." - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  3. Their one test for all men and things, from the patriarch to the prefect, seemed to be- did he or it advance the cause of the Church? - "Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face", Charles Kingsley.