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[pa-truh-loh-kuh l, pey-]
adjective Anthropology.
  1. virilocal.
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Origin of patrilocal

First recorded in 1905–10; patri- + local
Related formspat·ri·lo·cal·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for patrilocal

Historical Examples

  • In such a case the marriage is called matrilocal; otherwise it is patrilocal.


    Robert Marett

  • When the husband removes and lives in his wife's group the marriage is matrilocal; if the wife removes it is patrilocal.

  • I therefore propose to term the three types matrilocal, removal, and patrilocal marriages.

British Dictionary definitions for patrilocal


  1. having or relating to a marriage pattern in which the couple lives with the husband's family
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Derived Formspatrilocally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patrilocal


1906, from patri- + local (adj.).

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