Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Derived from the name of a country, and designating an inhabitant of the country; gentile.
  • adj. Relating to the right of abode in the United Kingdom by having a British parent or grandparent
  • n. One who has the right of abode in the United Kingdom by having a British parent or grandparent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Derived from the name of a country, and designating an inhabitant of the country; gentile; -- said of a noun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In grammar, a noun derived from the name of a country, and denoting an inhabitant of that country: as, Latin Troas, a Trojan woman; Latin Macedo, a Macedonian.
  • In grammar, of or relating to a family, race, or line of descent; designating a race or nation: applied to a certain class of words.
  • Relating to one's fatherland.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who has the right to be considered legally a British citizen (by virtue of the birth of a parent or grandparent)

Etymologies

Latin patria ("fatherland, country"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • O my master; and indeed he despaired of life and wept for his parting from his parent and people and patrial stead, repenting him of having gainsaid his mother and reciting these two couplets,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And eyes that once rivalled the locks of Phoebus, lose the patrial and paternal lustre.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • A man had died mysteriously and nine of his countrymen had met together on the common ground of their patrial birth to decide how such a calamity had befallen him.

    The Fashion in Shrouds

  • MAYA was the patrial name of the natives of Yucatan.

    The Maya Chronicles Brinton's Library Of Aboriginal American Literature, Number 1

  • Meanwhile, they sought news of their patrial stead and learned that which its people suffered of straitness and severity.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Hasan answered, in his fear, "'Tis well, O my master;" and indeed he despaired of life and wept for his parting from his parent and people and patrial stead, repenting him of having gainsaid his mother and reciting these two couplets,

    Arabian nights. English

  • Then asked she, "O my lord, who mayest thou be?" so he declared to her his pedigree and degree and the name of his native country and she also informed him of her rank and lineage and her patrial stead.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Such was his case; but as regards the Khwajah and his daughter, when they had let load their loads they quitted the cavern and set forth, making for their country and patrial stead, and they ceased not forcing their marches for a term of ten days.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Patriarch, patriotic, patrician - with you so far - but what exactly is a "patrial connection with Wales".

    BBC Blog Network

  • It's important that we understand exactly what it means because former Conservative Minister, Lord Tristan Garel-Jones has suggested that those with "a patrial connection with Wales" ought to have a vote in a referendum on Wales 'future as a devolved nation

    BBC Blog Network

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