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

Nearby words

  1. patr-,
  2. patras,
  3. patres conscripti,
  4. patresfamilias,
  5. patri,
  6. patria potestas,
  7. patrial,
  8. patriarch,
  9. patriarchal,
  10. patriarchal cross

Also especially before a vowel, patr-.

Origin of patri-

combining form representing Latin pater, Greek patḗr father Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for patri-


combining form

fatherpatricide; patrilocal

Word Origin for patri-

from Latin pater, Greek patēr father

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Word Origin and History for patri-


word-forming element used to make terms describing kinship of the father or the paternal line, from Latin patri-, comb. form of pater (see father (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper