1. the jurisdiction of a patriarch

Definition categories: location, jurisdiction

2. a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line

Similar word(s): patriarchy

Definition categories: group, structure

Sentences with patriarchate as a noun:

- The patriarchate of Pope John Paul II as Patriarch of the West was more than 25 years.

- The Patriarchate of Constantinople has primacy over the whole of the Orthodox world.

- The Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem is, by modern standards, a very cramped space.