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Patri

[ pah-tree ]
/ ˈpɑ tri /
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noun
An·ge·lo [an-juh-loh], /ˈæn dʒəˌloʊ/, 1877–1965, U.S. educator and writer, born in Italy.
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patri-

a combining form meaning “father,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek and Latin (patriarch; patrician), and used in the formation of new compounds (patrilineal).
Also especially before a vowel, patr-.

Origin of patri-

Combining form representing Latin pater,Greek patḗrfather
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WORDS THAT USE PATRI-

What does patri- mean?

The combining form patri- is used like a prefix meaning “father.” It is often used in a variety of scientific and technical terms, especially in anthropology.

Patri- comes from Latin pater, meaning “father.” The Greek cognate, also meaning “father,” is patḗr, which is the source of patriarchy. Find out more at our entry for the word.

The “mother” counterpart to patri- is matri-. Check out our Words That Use article for matri- to learn more.

What are variants of patri-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, patri- becomes the rare form patr-. Want to know more? Check out our Words That Use article for patr-.

Examples of patri-

An example of a word you may have encountered that features patri- is patrilineal, “the muscular substance of the heart.”

We know patri- means “father,” while the -lineal portion refers to “line,” from Latin līneālis. Patrilineal literally translates to “father’s line.”

What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form patri- in Greek or Latin?

What are some other forms that patri- may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form -cide means “killer” or “act of killing.” With this in mind, what is patricide?

How to use Patri in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Patri

patri-

combining form
fatherpatricide; patrilocal

Word Origin for patri-

from Latin pater, Greek patēr father
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