in·​ter·​mar·​ry | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ē How to pronounce intermarry (audio) , -ˈma-rē \
intermarried; intermarrying; intermarries

Definition of intermarry

intransitive verb

1a : to marry each other
b : to marry within a group
2 : to become connected by intermarriage

Examples of intermarry in a Sentence

The settlers and the native people seldom intermarried.
Recent Examples on the Web Later in life, the tall, shambling Scotsman (who lived from 1847 to 1922) embraced eugenics, arguing that the deaf should not intermarry lest their offspring make the general population deafer., 8 Apr. 2021 Typically, Sephardi and Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox communities do not intermarry. Dina Kraft, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Another reason Black women may intermarry at lower rates include stereotypes that hold that Black women are less attractive and feminine than White women. Sydney Trent, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020 The story centers on twin sisters from a Louisiana town called Mallard, which is inhabited by Black residents who purposely intermarry so their children will be lighter-skinned. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2020 Douglas, whose mother wasn’t Jewish and who himself is intermarried, directed his award toward projects promoting diversity and inclusiveness in the Jewish world. Josef Federman, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2020 As with the Palestinians to the west, these Syrians have long intermarried with neighboring Jordanians. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 July 2019 They are often forbidden from speaking during community meetings and are not allowed to intermarry with the freeborn. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, 11 July 2019 The tribes of the Columbia Plateau traded and intermarried, sharing customs, religious beliefs, and language, through the common wealth of salmon. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of intermarry

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Intermarry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intermarry

: to marry a member of a different racial, social, or religious group


in·​ter·​mar·​ry | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ē How to pronounce intermarry (audio) \
intermarried; intermarrying

Kids Definition of intermarry

: to marry a member of a different group

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