levirate

noun
le·​vi·​rate | \ ˈle-və-rət How to pronounce levirate (audio) , ˈlē-, -ˌrāt How to pronounce levirate (audio) \

Definition of levirate

: the sometimes compulsory marriage of a widow to a brother of her deceased husband

Other Words from levirate

leviratic \ ˌle-​və-​ˈra-​tik How to pronounce levirate (audio) , ˌlē-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of levirate

1725, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for levirate

Latin levir husband's brother; akin to Old English tācor husband's brother, Greek daēr

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“Levirate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levirate. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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