intermarriage

noun

in·​ter·​mar·​riage ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio)
-ˈma-rij
1
2
: marriage between members of different groups

Examples of intermarriage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Image In Chicago, Ms. Friedmann, 36, and Mr. Henein, 33, began discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the complications of intermarriage long before Oct. 7. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Newsletter Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news Bender: Back in the Groove Robot-human intermarriage. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 26 Apr. 2023 For many decades, Soviet authorities encouraged intermarriage between ethnic groups as part of a social engineering project aimed at building a Soviet nation, one free of ethnic or racial biases. Robert Hornsby, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 The inequities between the two groups have significantly ebbed over time, through intermarriage and social change. Patrick Kingsley Moises Saman, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Edgar’s absorbing historical study of intermarriage is based on policy documents, Soviet ethnographic research, and over 80 in-depth interviews with members of mixed marriages and their adult children in the ethnically diverse Soviet republic of Kazakhstan and less diverse Tajikistan. Robert Hornsby, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 This social gap has been narrowing for decades, and intermarriage has, in any case, softened the ethnic divide. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 23 July 2023 But the Doukhobor way of life has been buffeted by intermarriage, the allure of city life and a younger generation drawn more to TikTok than Tolstoy. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 4 June 2023 Although social interaction remains limited (in particular, romantic relations or intermarriage are not too common), there has been a rise in unofficial transborder contacts among indigenous peoples, such as the Buryats and the Bargas, whose communities span both sides of the boundary. Maria Lipman, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermarriage was in 1579

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“Intermarriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermarriage. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

intermarriage

noun
in·​ter·​mar·​riage ˌint-ər-ˈmar-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio)
: marriage between members of different racial, social, or religious groups

Medical Definition

intermarriage

noun
in·​ter·​mar·​riage ˌint-ər-ˈmar-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio)
1
: marriage between members of different groups
2
: marriage within a specific group : endogamy
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