[pa-truh-lin-ee-uh l, pey-]


inheriting or determining descent through the male line.

Compare matrilineal.

Origin of patrilineal

First recorded in 1900–05; patri- + lineal
Related formspat·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




tracing descent, kinship, or title through the male line
Derived Formspatrilineally or patrilinearly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patrilineal

1904, from patri- + lineal.

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Medicine definitions for patrilineal




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



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

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