Definition of patrilineal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpætrɪˈlɪniəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpætrɪˈlɪniəl//
(formal) Family background
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used to describe the relationship between father and child that continues in a family with each generation, or something that is based on this relationship In that society, inheritance of land is patrilineal (= the children get the land that their father owned). compare matrilineal See related entries: Family background Word Originearly 20th cent.: from Latin pater, patr- ‘father’ + lineal.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patrilineal