Origin of matrilinealmatri- + lineal
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.
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.
matri- +"Ž lineal