Definition of matrifocal in English:


Line breaks: matri|focal
Pronunciation: /ˌmatrɪˈfəʊk(ə)l


  • (Of a society, culture, etc.) based on the mother as the head of the family or household.
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    • They are generally seen as a matrifocal society (where women are central to family life).
    • For others, Vietnam's pantheon of goddesses represents particularly telling evidence of the nation's ancient roots in a matrifocal culture.
    • No where in Mexico - or anywhere else in Latin America - has a matrifocal culture like this come into being.


1950s: from Latin mater, matr- 'mother' + focal.

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