matrilineal[ma′trə lin′ē əl, mā′trə-]
- The definition of matrilineal is a relative, behavior or other characteristic that is traced through a mother's lineage.
An example of matrilineal is someone being half Italian because their mother is Italian.
designating or of descent, kinship, or derivation through the mother
Origin of matrilinealmatri- + lineal
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
(comparative more matrilineal, superlative most matrilineal)
- Tracing descent only through female lines.
- Kerala traditionally has matrilineal inheritance.