[ pa-truh-lin-ee-uh l, pey- ]
/ ˌpæ trəˈlɪn i əl, ˌpeɪ- /


inheriting or determining descent through the male line.
Compare matrilineal.

Origin of patrilineal

First recorded in 1900–05; patri- + lineal

OTHER WORDS FROM patrilineal

pat·ri·lin·e·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patrilineal



/ (ˌpætrɪˈlɪnɪəl) /


tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line

Derived forms of patrilineal

patrilineally or patrilinearly, adverb
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Medicine definitions for patrilineal

[ păt′rə-lĭnē-əl ]


Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the paternal line.
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Culture definitions for patrilineal

[ (pat-ruh-lin-ee-uhl) ]

Tracing kinship and descent through the male line. (Compare matrilineal.)

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