noun, plural ger·on·toc·ra·cies.

  1. government by a council of elders.
  2. a governing body consisting of old people.
  3. a state or government in which old people rule.

noun plural -cies

  1. government by old people
  2. a governing body of old people

rule by old men, 1830, from Greek geront-, from geron “old man” (see gerontology) + kratia “rule” (see -cracy). Related: Gerontocratic.

A society ruled by elders.

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