(Pa`tri*ar"chate) n. [Cf. F. patriarcat.]
1. The office, dignity, or jurisdiction of a patriarch. Jer. Taylor.
2. The residence of an ecclesiastic patriarch.
3. (Ethnol.) A patriarchal form of government or society. See Patriarchal, a., 3.
(Pa"tri*arch*dom) n. The office or jurisdiction of a patriarch; patriarchate. [R.]
(Pa`tri*ar"chic) a. [L. patriarchicus, Gr. .] Patriarchal.
(Pa"tri*arch*ism) n. Government by a patriarch, or the head of a family.
(Pa"tri*arch*ship), n. A patriarchate. Ayliffe.
1. The jurisdiction of a patriarch; patriarchship. Brerewood.
2. Government by a patriarch; patriarchism.
(Pa*tri"cian) a. [L. patricius, fr. patres fathers or senators, pl. of pater: cf. F. patricien. See
1. (Rom. Antiq.) Of or pertaining to the Roman patres (fathers) or senators, or patricians.
2. Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian.
Born in the patrician file of society.Sir W. Scott.
His horse's hoofs wet with patrician blood.Addison.
(Pa*tri"cian), n. [L. patricius: cf. F. patricien.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) Originally, a member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or
body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth
or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the nobility.
2. A person of high birth; a nobleman.
3. One familiar with the works of the Christian Fathers; one versed in patristic lore. [R.] Colridge.
(Pa*tri"cian*ism) n. The rank or character of patricians.
(Pa*tri"ci*ate) n. The patrician class; the aristocracy; also, the office of patriarch. Milman.
(Pat*ri"ci`dal) a. Of or pertaining to patricide; parricidal.
(Pat*ri"cide) n. [L. pater father + caedere to kill. Cf. Parricide.]