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[ma-truh-loh-kuh l, mey-]
adjective Anthropology.
  1. of or relating to residence with the wife's family or tribe; uxorilocal: matrilocal customs.
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Origin of matrilocal

First recorded in 1905–10; matri- + local
Related formsmat·ri·lo·cal·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for matrilocal

Historical Examples

  • The extended family groupings in terms of matrilocal residence or centered around a sibling group are amorphous but flexible.

    Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society

    Robert F. Murphy

  • When the husband removes and lives in his wife's group the marriage is matrilocal; if the wife removes it is patrilocal.

British Dictionary definitions for matrilocal


  1. denoting, having, or relating to a marriage pattern in which the couple live with the wife's family
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Derived Formsmatrilocality (ˌmætrɪləʊˈkælɪtɪ, ˌmeɪ-), nounmatrilocally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for matrilocal


1897, from matri- + local.

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