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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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 Three generations of integration and intermarriage have blurred the distinctions, but gaps remain. Fox News, "Correction: Israel at 70 story," 20 Apr. 2018 This study pointed to the increasing frequency of intermarriage: 53 percent of Jewish adults in the Washington area who are in a relationship have a non-Jewish spouse or partner. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "D.C. area’s Jewish population is booming: Now the third largest in the nation, report says," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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