Definition of matrilocal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmatrɪˈləʊk(ə)l/


Of or denoting a custom in marriage whereby the husband goes to live with the wife’s community. Also called uxorilocal.
Example sentences
  • In one of the most pertinent examples of this, anthropologists criticised matrilocal residence among groups in the Central Highlands for its implied association with a ‘primitive’, benighted phase of history.
  • She examines the changing and socially intricate relationship between rights to plants and to land tenure in a matrilineal and matrilocal society where land, under women's control, has become increasingly privatized.
  • After marriage, patrilocal residence - with the new couple moving in with the husband's parents - is more likely than matrilocal residence, although couples may establish independent households if they have sufficient resources.



Example sentences
  • A tendency toward matrilocality means that the main house at the center of a group of related women almost always contains a stem family.
  • The preference is for matrilocality, although this is not a rigid rule.
  • ‘The novel conclusion of this study is that patrilocality and matrilocality are not just simply the opposites of each other,’ he said.


Early 20th century: from Latin mater, matr- 'mother' + local.

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