Definition of patrilocal in English:


Syllabification: pat·ri·lo·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌpatrəˈlōkəl


Of or relating to a pattern of marriage in which the couple settles in the husband’s home or community: women moved more often than men because patterns of settlement after marriage tended to be patrilocal
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  • This is suggestive of a patrilocal, exogamous marriage pattern consistent with documented historic Algonquian practices in the region.
  • The domestic unit is generally an extended three-generation nuclear family; residence is usually patrilocal, with the husband's family.
  • Rural communities were exogamous, patrilocal, and patriarchal, with newly married women subservient in the families of their husbands until they had borne sons.


early 20th century: from Latin pater, patr- 'father' + local.



Pronunciation: /-lōˈkalətē/
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  • Interestingly, a high level of polygyny and extreme patrilocality have been proposed as probable causes of the low Y-chromosome and high mtDNA diversity observed in West New Guinea populations.
  • Patrilineality and patrilocality are more important among the western Enga, whereas multilocality is the norm for the Ipili.
  • That idea was based on a common marriage practice called patrilocality, wherein women tended to move from their natal village to their husbands' village.

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