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matrilineal descent

Definition of Matrilineal Descent

(noun) Tracing descent through the mother’s side of the family.

Matrilineal Descent Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: mat·ri·lin·e·al de·scent

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mat-ruh-lIn-ee-uhl di-sEnt/
  • British English – /mat-ri-lIn-iuhl di-sEnt/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˌmætɹəˈlɪniəl dɪˈsɛnt/
  • British English: /ˌmætɹɪˈlɪnɪəl dɪˈsent/

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Cite the Definition of Matrilineal Descent

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matrilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 5, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/matrilineal-descent/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

matrilineal descent. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/matrilineal-descent/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “matrilineal descent.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 5, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/matrilineal-descent/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“matrilineal descent.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 5 Jul. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/matrilineal-descent/>.