- 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.
Origin of matrilinealmatri- + lineal
(comparative more matrilineal, superlative most matrilineal)
- Tracing descent only through female lines.
- Kerala traditionally has matrilineal inheritance.
matri- +"Ž lineal