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[en-dog-uh-mee] /ɛnˈdɒg ə mi/
marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit.
Compare exogamy (def 1).
Origin of endogamy
First recorded in 1860-65; endo- + -gamy
Related forms
endogamous, endogamic
[en-doh-gam-ik] /ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for endogamy
Historical Examples
  • It simply means marrying-out, in contrast to endogamy, or marrying-in.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • They formerly had endogamy, and it is stated that brothers and sisters married.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • endogamy generally exists where the clan life is little developed, and where relatives know and see little of each other.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Sometimes an endogamy of religious origin is met with, among the Jews for example.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • What is the relation of endogamy and exogamy (a) to isolation, and (b) to the establishment of a successful stock or race?

  • There is in this case exogamy in relation to the clan and endogamy in relation to the tribe.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • There is no evidence of the practice of endogamy which is so widespread among the Oceanic peoples.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • endogamy, en-dog′am-i, n. the custom forbidding a man to marry any woman who is not of his kindred.

  • Limited exogamy with direct maternal or paternal descent, accordingly, means a reapproach to endogamy.

  • Natural selection has determined that exogamy produces fitter progeny than endogamy.

British Dictionary definitions for endogamy


(anthropol) marriage within one's own tribe or similar unit Compare exogamy (sense 1)
pollination between two flowers on the same plant
Derived Forms
endogamous, endogamic (ˌɛndəʊˈɡæmɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for endogamy

1865, from endogamous (1865); for which see endo- + gamete.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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endogamy in Medicine

endogamy en·dog·a·my (ěn-dŏg'ə-mē)

  1. Reproduction by the fusion of gametes of similar ancestry.

  2. Marriage within a particular group in accordance with custom or law.

en·dog'a·mous adj.
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