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hypergamy

[hahy-pur-guh-mee] /haɪˈpɜr gə mi/
noun
1.
the practice among Hindu women of marrying into a caste at least as high as their own.
Origin of hypergamy
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; hyper- + -gamy
Related forms
hypergamous, adjective
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hypergamy

/haɪˈpɜːɡəmɪ/
noun
1.
(anthropol) a custom that forbids a woman to marry a man of lower social status
2.
any marriage with a partner of higher social status
Derived Forms
hypergamous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from hyper- + -gamy
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