in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij, -ˈma-rij\

Definition of intermarriage 

1 : endogamy

2 : marriage between members of different groups

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As women began emerging from Islamic State captivity, Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh broke with tradition by instructing the community to welcome them back, though their rape by Muslims broke rules about intermarriage. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Nisreen’s Choice: Women Rescued From Islamic State Are Told to Leave Children Behind," 23 Aug. 2018 But Chabon's views on intermarriage, according to Boyden, will ensure the opposite. Eliana Rudee, Jewish Journal, "Author Michael Chabon's commencement speech ignites controversy," 6 June 2018 One cliché of epic fantasy is that any connection, let alone intermarriage, between orcs and goblins on one side and human beings on the other is utterly unthinkable. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A New Novel Destined to Be a Classic," 28 June 2018 Not only is intermarriage rising, but current racial definitions are also unlikely to hold. New York Times, "Whites’ Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse America," 22 May 2018 And Fiddler on the Roof is really a musical about intermarriage. Christopher Shea, Vox, "Many feminists find Philip Roth’s work off-putting. Elaine Showalter thinks he’s a titan.," 25 May 2018 Asking about race and ethnicity always has political consequences Beginning in 2000, the census began allowing individuals to mark more than one race, in response to increasing rates of immigration and intermarriage. Shom Mazumder, Washington Post, "The census has always been political. Especially when it comes to race, ethnicity, and national origin.," 30 Mar. 2018 The Métis people are descendants of intermarriage between French-Canadians and First Nations people. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Meet Freddy, the Runaway Bison Who Inspired a Choral Arrangement," 9 May 2018 Centuries of trade and intermarriage abruptly ceased. The Economist, "Can Ethiopia and Eritrea make peace?," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of intermarriage

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ij \

Kids Definition of intermarriage

: marriage between members of different groups


in·​ter·​mar·​riage | \ˌint-ər-ˈmar-ij \

Medical Definition of intermarriage 

1 : marriage between members of different groups

2 : marriage within a specific group : endogamy

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