in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio) , -ˈma-rij \

Definition of intermarriage

1 : endogamy
2 : marriage between members of different groups

Examples of intermarriage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, given decades of intermarriage and shared ideological and military goals, counting on one jihadist group to contain the other may be unrealistic. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "For Biden, an Anguishing Choice on Withdrawal from Afghanistan," 24 Mar. 2021 Single tribes stretch from the tip of Oman up to Kuwait, and families woven by decades of intermarriage among citizens of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE were suddenly divided when Riyadh and Abu Dhabi imposed the 2017 blockade. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "End of yearslong Saudi-Qatar feud reunites families, and a region," 13 Jan. 2021 He was born in Bhutan to parents who crossed the border to Nepal after his father violated intermarriage laws by wedding an Indian woman. Los Angeles Times, "A tale of two cities: the cautious refugees hit by COVID-19 and those who call it a hoax and refuse masks," 18 Dec. 2020 One man at the table, who had studied law in Arkansas and would soon publish the influential book Race Law in the United States, informed the group that intermarriage was a crime punishable with a 10-year prison sentence in many U.S. jurisdictions. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "Is America Trapped in a Caste System?," 25 Nov. 2020 In one particularly compelling chapter, Wilkerson shows that the Nazis in fact took American laws restricting immigration and banning intermarriage as their model for the infamous Blood Laws announced at Nuremberg in 1935. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, "Is America Trapped in a Caste System?," 25 Nov. 2020 Among those trends is an increasing intermarriage rate and a decline in the reproduction rate of Jewish couples, which is part of the broader drop in birthrate throughout Europe in recent decades. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Study: Europe’s Jewish population as low as it was 1,000 years ago," 22 Oct. 2020 Latinos have a high intermarriage rate—close to fifty per cent for the college educated—and twenty per cent of U.S.-born Latinos have a non-Hispanic white parent. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump," 23 Oct. 2020 Through intermarriage over the generations, the LeBaron surname became common in La Mora, Rosetti said. Washington Post, "US victims in Mexico attack from Mormon offshoot community," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of intermarriage

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intermarriage was in 1579

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“Intermarriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij How to pronounce intermarriage (audio) \

Kids Definition of intermarriage

: marriage between members of different groups


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Medical Definition of intermarriage

1 : marriage between members of different groups
2 : marriage within a specific group : endogamy

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