Matrilineal meaning

măt'rə-lĭn'ē-əl
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.

adjective
4
1
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
adjective
2
2
Relating to, based on, or tracing ancestral descent through the maternal line.
adjective
1
1
Designating or of descent, kinship, or derivation through the mother.
adjective
1
1
Tracing descent only through female lines.

Kerala traditionally has matrilineal inheritance.

adjective
1
1
Advertisement

Origin of matrilineal

  • matri- +"Ž lineal
    From Wiktionary