[ ma-truh-foh-kuh l, mey- ]
/ ˌmæ trəˈfoʊ kəl, ˌmeɪ- /


of, relating to, or designating a family unit or structure headed by the mother and lacking a father permanently or for extended periods.
focused or centered on the mother.

Nearby words

  1. matriclinous,
  2. matricliny,
  3. matriculant,
  4. matriculate,
  5. matriculation,
  6. matrilateral,
  7. matrilineage,
  8. matrilineal,
  9. matriliny,
  10. matrilocal

Origin of matrifocal

First recorded in 1950–55; matri- + focal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for matrifocal



1952, a term from sociology, from matri- + focal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper