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
    • ‘In a system of patrilocal marriages, being attached to the family of origin was seen as bringing pain to all women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is suggestive of a patrilocal, exogamous marriage pattern consistent with documented historic Algonquian practices in the region.’
    • ‘Matrilocal residence is considerably more common than patrilocal residence, although neolocal residence is preferred.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three of the groups were patrilocal societies, societies where married couples move to the husband's village.’
    • ‘In the north, patrilocal forms were complicated by a high incidence of polygynous marriage.’
    • ‘The family in India remains firmly 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nepal is overwhelmingly patrilineal and patrilocal.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that residence is predominantly patrilocal, recent studies show that women maintain close bonds with their family of origin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a very similar demographic pattern to what is seen in patrilocal nomadic pastoralist cultures, the folks who invented warrior classes.’
    • ‘This is consistent with patrilocal residency patterns-the remittance goes to the husband's family, from both of them.’
    • ‘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.’


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