1. the jurisdiction of a patriarch
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
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.