hy·​per·​ga·​my | \ hī-ˈpər-gə-mē How to pronounce hypergamy (audio) \
plural hypergamies

Definition of hypergamy

: marriage into an equal or higher caste or social group

Examples of hypergamy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Young migrant men will suffer all the more because of a preference among Chinese women for marrying men with more money or education (a practice known as hypergamy). The Economist, "In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of hypergamy

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypergamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypergamy. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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