hypergamy

noun
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 The term 'high-value dating' has 136.6 million views on TikTok, while related phrases such as 'hypergamy' (132m) and 'high-value woman' (106m) are also thrown about regularly. Eve Upton-clark, refinery29.com, 21 Apr. 2022 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, 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of hypergamy

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypergamy was in 1883

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Last Updated

5 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Hypergamy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypergamy. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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