Meaning of patrilineal in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpatrɪˈlɪnɪəl/

Translate patrilineal into Spanish


  • Relating to or based on relationship to the father or descent through the male line.

    ‘in Polynesia inheritance of land was predominantly patrilineal’
    • ‘Because women marry into a patrilineal descent system, the children belong to the father.’
    • ‘A patrilineal descent rule would have been a disaster.’
    • ‘Whether a departed angel or a current harpy, however, she must give place to the assertion of patriarchal hierarchies, patrilineal descent, and male-dominated marriage.’
    • ‘The tribal land-owning corporations are themselves patrilineal descent groups or lineages whose members acquire rights by virtue of being the sons and daughters of a particular man.’
    • ‘The patrilineal descent principle is important, and the lineage is very often localized within a geographic neighborhood in which it constitutes a majority.’
    • ‘He also examines how attempts to insist on patrilineal descent for Fijian voting rights exclude many people who lead Fijian lives through maternal ties.’
    • ‘South of the Zambezi River, tribes follow a patrilineal descent; to the north, kin ties are established through the mother's line.’
    • ‘Both matrilineal and patrilineal descent groups exist in Mozambique.’
    • ‘Many others throughout the kingdom assert patrilineal descent from eponymous ancestors from ancient Arab tribes.’
    • ‘They think of these groups as patrilineal descent groups, although they are in fact quite flexible in membership criteria.’
    • ‘Many of Indonesia's ethnic groups have strong kinship groupings based upon patrilineal, matrilineal, or bilateral descent.’
    • ‘On the other hand, other modes of alliance also remained important, and relationships between patrilineal kin could be antagonistic as well as friendly.’
    • ‘Descent is reckoned bilaterally, with a patrilineal bias.’
    • ‘Some of the people follow matrilineal descent rules, while others follow patrilineal rules.’
    • ‘Although the patrilineal descendants of the six forgot their ancestral language they retained a nostalgic remembrance of their old place.’
    • ‘In this patrilineal society, property is a male birthright.’
    • ‘Most Ugandan cultures are patrilineal, so people tend to identify more with their father's tribe.’
    • ‘All of the indigenous groups are patrilineal and have ideologies of male dominance.’
    • ‘In a patrilineal society, having many male offspring was a big concern and a much-invoked wish.’
    on one's father's side, patrilineal, patrimonial


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