endogamy

noun
en·​dog·​a·​my | \ en-ˈdä-gə-mē How to pronounce endogamy (audio) \

Definition of endogamy

: marriage within a specific group as required by custom or law

Other Words from endogamy

endogamous \ en-​ˈdä-​gə-​məs How to pronounce endogamy (audio) \ adjective

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Marriage within a specific group as required by custom or law is known as endogamy. In endogamous groups, marriage outside one’s group may be forbidden, or there may merely be a tendency to marry within the group. Endogamy is characteristic of aristocracies and religious and ethnic minorities in industrialized societies but also of the caste system in India and of class-conscious non-literate societies such as the Masai of eastern Africa.

First Known Use of endogamy

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Endogamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endogamy. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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endogamy

noun
en·​dog·​a·​my | \ en-ˈdäg-ə-mē How to pronounce endogamy (audio) \
plural endogamies

Medical Definition of endogamy

: marriage within a specific group as required by custom or law

Other Words from endogamy

endogamous \ -​məs How to pronounce endogamy (audio) \ adjective

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