Meaning of matrilocal in English:


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Residence is also matrilocal, so that young couples go to live with the wife's family.’
    • ‘Although they traced descent patrilineally, they had matrilocal settlement patterns and alliances were formalized through the exchange of women.’


Early 20th century from Latin mater, matr- ‘mother’ + local.