from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by women.
  • n. A society ruled by women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A society ruled by women.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by a woman, female power; gyneocracy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Government by a woman or by women; female power or rule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a political system governed by a woman


Greek gunaikokratiā : gunaiko-, gyneco- + -kratiā, -cracy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Neologism, no etymology, but constructed from Greek gune, -aikos (γυνή, -αικος) 'woman' and kratos (κράτος) 'power'. Disambiguates usage of matriarchy: gynecocracy refers to societies ruled by women, distinct from matrilineal bequeathing of property and matrilocal residence of brides. (Wiktionary)



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  • I found the term "ewe flock," you see,
    And wonder if there's hypocrisy
    If I were to say
    On world women's day
    That here we have gynecocracy?

    See comments at settle.

    March 8, 2015