intermarry

verb
in·ter·mar·ry | \ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ē, -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.

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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 The prevalent view has thus been that invading Anatolian farmers intermarried with Europe’s original hunter-gatherers, and their genes became diluted with hunter-gatherers’ genes as the farmers spread northwest. Jared Diamond, New York Times, "A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story," 20 Apr. 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 Burger said further research is needed to see whether the women intermarried with the local population. Washington Post, "Skulls show women moved across medieval Europe, not just men," 12 Mar. 2018 That’s not entirely surprising; 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 This suggests that the Thompson and Tillman families intermarried. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Did Grandma Have Creek Indian Roots?," 26 Jan. 2018 Sandford, Roland, Laban, Dodson and John—as brothers who intermarried with Native American women. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Were My Ancestors Melungeon?," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of intermarry

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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intermarry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intermarry

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

intermarry

verb
in·ter·mar·ry | \ˌin-tər-ˈmer-ē \
intermarried; intermarrying

Kids Definition of intermarry

: to marry a member of a different group

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