mixed marriage

plural mixed marriages

Definition of mixed marriage

: a marriage between people of different races (see race entry 1 sense 1a) or religions

Examples of mixed marriage in a Sentence

a culture in which mixed marriage is rare
Recent Examples on the Web With so many men dead or enslaved, Native women married men outside their group—often African-Americans—and then redefined the families of mixed marriages as matrilineal in order to preserve collective claims to land. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2019 On the subject of mixed marriages like theirs, James Carville, one half of another famously bipartisan couple, liked to say that such unions are feasible, but perhaps not advisable. New York Times, 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of mixed marriage

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mixed marriage was in 1649

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“Mixed marriage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixed%20marriage. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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