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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.


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

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