[ma-truh-loh-kuh l, mey-]

adjective Anthropology.

of or relating to residence with the wife's family or tribe; uxorilocal: matrilocal customs.

Origin of matrilocal

First recorded in 1905–10; matri- + local
Related formsmat·ri·lo·cal·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

1897, from matri- + local.

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