exogamy

noun
ex·​og·​a·​my | \ ek-ˈsä-gə-mē How to pronounce exogamy (audio) \
plural exogamies

Definition of exogamy

: marriage outside of a specific group especially as required by custom or law

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Other Words from exogamy

exogamous \ ek-​ˈsä-​gə-​məs How to pronounce exogamous (audio) \ or exogamic \ ˌek-​sə-​ˈga-​mik How to pronounce exogamic (audio) \ adjective

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Marriage outside of a specific group especially as required by custom or law is exogamy. Exogamous groups sometimes even specify the group into which members must marry. Such groups are usually defined in terms of kinship rather than in terms of politics or territory. Exogamy is usually characteristic of groups that trace descent through either the maternal or paternal line only.

First Known Use of exogamy

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exogamy was in 1865

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exogamy

noun
ex·​og·​a·​my | \ ek-ˈsäg-ə-mē How to pronounce exogamy (audio) \
plural exogamies

Medical Definition of exogamy

1 : marriage outside of a specific group especially as required by custom or law
2 : sexual reproduction between individuals (as of a particular species) that are not closely related

Other Words from exogamy

exogamous \ ek-​ˈsäg-​ə-​məs How to pronounce exogamous (audio) \ or exogamic \ ˌek-​sə-​ˈgam-​ik How to pronounce exogamic (audio) \ adjective

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