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group marriage

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noun
  1. (among primitive peoples) a form of marriage in which a group of males is united with a group of females to form a single conjugal unit.

Origin of group marriage

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called communal marriage.
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Examples from the Web for group marriage

Historical Examples

  • Polyandry is a survival of the group-marriage of the mother-age.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • This is true also of forms of group-marriage other than those mentioned above.

  • The subject of group-marriage is one about which I do not find it possible to speak so dogmatically.

  • But there is also a second form, which, though less frequent, is of greatest importance for an interpretation of group-marriage.

  • There is also, of course, a form of group-marriage that differs from 'Pirrauru marriage,' and is apparently simpler.


British Dictionary definitions for group marriage

group marriage

noun
  1. an arrangement in which several males live together with several females, forming a conjugal unit
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