Definition of patrilocal in English:



  • Relating to a pattern of marriage in which the couple settles in the husband's home or community.

    ‘the residence pattern is patrilocal’
    Also called virilocal
    • ‘The family in India remains firmly patrilocal.’
    • ‘Nepal is overwhelmingly patrilineal and patrilocal.’
    • ‘In rural areas, patrilocal residence traditionally was the norm, and a homestead would include the headman, his wives, unmarried siblings, and married sons with their wives and children.’
    • ‘Three of the groups were patrilocal societies, societies where married couples move to the husband's village.’
    • ‘This is suggestive of a patrilocal, exogamous marriage pattern consistent with documented historic Algonquian practices in the region.’
    • ‘This is consistent with patrilocal residency patterns-the remittance goes to the husband's family, from both of them.’
    • ‘The traditional unit is the patrilocal extended family consisting of a married couple, their unmarried daughters, and their sons with their own spouses and children.’
    • ‘Among the indigenous majority, marriage is ideally polygynous and patrilocal, with the bride moving to her husband's compound to live with his extended family.’
    • ‘Because of the prevalence of both patrilocal and matrilocal societies in the Americas, the genders had varying degrees of mobility, depending on the specific customs of the tribe or society.’
    • ‘Society generally prescribes where newlywed couples should live: In patrilocal cultures, they live with or near the husband's family; in matrilocal ones, with or near the wife's family.’
    • ‘In a system of patrilocal marriages, being attached to the family of origin was seen as bringing pain to all women.’
    • ‘The domestic unit is generally an extended three-generation nuclear family; residence is usually patrilocal, with the husband's family.’
    • ‘In the north, patrilocal forms were complicated by a high incidence of polygynous marriage.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that residence is predominantly patrilocal, recent studies show that women maintain close bonds with their family of origin.’
    • ‘Rural communities were exogamous, patrilocal, and patriarchal, with newly married women subservient in the families of their husbands until they had borne sons.’
    • ‘Matrilocal residence is considerably more common than patrilocal residence, although neolocal residence is preferred.’
    • ‘It's a very similar demographic pattern to what is seen in patrilocal nomadic pastoralist cultures, the folks who invented warrior classes.’
    • ‘The vast majority of Gambia's ethnic groups are patrilineal and patrilocal.’
    • ‘In all communities, however, residence is patrilocal - the new wife moves into the home of her husband's family.’
    • ‘Most kin groups tend to be patrilineal and patrilocal, although there are also large categories of matrilineal kin who share rights to land and to local religious and political offices.’


Early 20th century: from Latin pater, patr- ‘father’ + local.