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Definition of patriarch:

  1. A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch.
  2. A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively.
  3. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; - usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses.

Synonyms:

paterfamilias, parent, creator, inventor, entrepreneur, father, start, maker, founder, originator, head of household, architect, author.

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