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 all communities, however, residence is patrilocal - the new wife moves into the home of her husband's family.’
    • ‘Three of the groups were patrilocal societies, societies where married couples move to the husband's village.’
    • ‘The family in India remains firmly patrilocal.’
    • ‘Rural communities were exogamous, patrilocal, and patriarchal, with newly married women subservient in the families of their husbands until they had borne sons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The domestic unit is generally an extended three-generation nuclear family; residence is usually patrilocal, with the husband's family.’
    • ‘In a system of patrilocal marriages, being attached to the family of origin was seen as bringing pain to all women.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 the north, patrilocal forms were complicated by a high incidence of polygynous marriage.’
    • ‘This is suggestive of a patrilocal, exogamous marriage pattern consistent with documented historic Algonquian practices in the region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Matrilocal residence is considerably more common than patrilocal residence, although neolocal residence is preferred.’
    • ‘This is consistent with patrilocal residency patterns-the remittance goes to the husband's family, from both of them.’
    • ‘It's a very similar demographic pattern to what is seen in patrilocal nomadic pastoralist cultures, the folks who invented warrior classes.’
    • ‘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 vast majority of Gambia's ethnic groups are patrilineal and patrilocal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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