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 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, "Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones to co-host ceremony in Israel to honor late Kirk Douglas," 27 Feb. 2020 As with the Palestinians to the west, these Syrians have long intermarried with neighboring Jordanians. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 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, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 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, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Given the royal family's propensity to intermarry, America's final British King is actual Harry's ancestor many times over. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry is Related to King George III in Hamilton," 29 Aug. 2018 Tribes straddle modern borders, and many of the Gulf’s ruling clans intermarried. The Economist, "From pearls to black goldHow oil transformed the Gulf," 21 June 2018 Coincidentally or not, that was the moment when American Jews began to intermarry in great numbers, and the feeling of a very separate identity of American Jews was totally transformed. Christopher Shea, Vox, "Many feminists find Philip Roth’s work off-putting. Elaine Showalter thinks he’s a titan.," 25 May 2018 Spanish colonists reportedly married Taino wives, and other records say that Taino and escaped African slaves also intermarried and formed communities. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient DNA sheds light on what happened to the Taino, the native Caribbeans," 19 Feb. 2018

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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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

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: to marry a member of a different group

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