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Synonyms for matriarch

a female head of a family or tribe

a feisty older woman with a big bosom (as drawn in cartoons)

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One of the reactions that puzzled me with The Matriarch was that it was fine for European writers like Janet Frame or Ian Wedde to use these sorts of Shakespearean or literary sources, but when I actually come up with Italian references, particularly to Verdi, it wasn't fine.
Evidently a family, as it did in all other activities, waited for some signal from the matriarch before responding to a strange contact call.
The royal matriarch underwent a 90-minute procedure to remove a tumour in December 1966, according to biographer Shawcross, who interviewed Sir Richard Thompson, the Queen's former physician for the book.
Matriarch won three opens at Walthamstow and one at Hove for Mick Puzey, at distances from 475m to 640m, and finished third in the pounds 3000 Puppy Stakes at the 2001 Racing Post Festival, her litter-brother Vociferous taking fourth place.
And the other matriarch who was reportedly headed for Saudi Arabia never left Bangladesh.
Long-suffering matriarch Helen (Pauline McLynn) is immediately intrigued by the girl and receptive to the kindness and flattery she gets from her--more than her adulterous bigoted husband, Paul (Paul McGann), has been able to provide her with in years.
White, the 19th century matriarch of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, promoted vegetarian cooking, conservation stewardship and the humane treatment of all creatures.
The tough matriarch has been deeply involved in many of the most prominent storylines in EastEnders over the years.
He's expected back today to ride Blue Chagall for trainer Julio Canani in the $300,000 Grade I Citation Handicap and will climb aboard Ventura again in the Matriarch.
Hit maker Neyo worked on "Good Love" with Stargate and the incredible heart-wrenching "I Can See In Color" produced by the soulful Raphael Saadiq, is featured on both Stronger and The Precious Soundtrack that Mary co-executive produced and released on her label Matriarch Entertainment.
The family matriarch is Anna Carter, a funfair force to be reckoned with.
Bluegrass royalty such as Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Ricky Skaggs, The Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson swap licks with gospel matriarch Vestal Goodman, as well as acclaimed bluegrass/gospel artists The Isaacs, The Lewis Family and Jeff and Sheri Easter.
The presiding matriarch, Liz (Tanya Berezin), is an anthropologist who's supposed to be spunky and wise--a cross between real-life anthropologist Margaret Mead and TV's Maude, Unfortunately, she has Mead's flamboyance and Maude's depth.