intermarry

verb
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.

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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 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

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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 How to pronounce intermarry (audio) \
intermarried; intermarrying

Kids Definition of intermarry

: to marry a member of a different group

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