intermarry

verb

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

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

The settlers and the native people seldom intermarried.
Recent Examples on the Web One of the drivers of those changes is that Latinos and Asians are the most likely to intermarry. NBC news, 15 Sep. 2022 The people work alongside each other, gather at the Paradise Square saloon, and occasionally intermarry. Iris Fanger, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Mar. 2022 But, ironically, society’s exclusion of chuetas proved to be the key to Judaism’s revival in Mallorca, historians say: because they were not allowed to intermarry freely with the Christian population, chuetas married among themselves. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Sep. 2021 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. BostonGlobe.com, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermarry was in 1574

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Cite this Entry

“Intermarry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermarry. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

intermarry

verb

in·​ter·​mar·​ry ˌint-ər-ˈmar-ē How to pronounce intermarry (audio)
1
: to marry each other
2
: to become connected by intermarriage

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