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mixed marriage

noun
1.
a marriage between persons of different racial, ethnic, or religious groups, as between a black person and a white person or between a Christian and a Jew.
Origin of mixed marriage
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700
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Examples from the Web for mixed marriage
Historical Examples
  • Illiteracy was common enough and might be overlooked, but a mixed marriage was unthinkable.

  • Having the civil wedding alone would also avoid the delay and expense occasioned by a mixed marriage.

    Ragna

    Anna Miller Costantini
  • There are moments of real drama in "Judgment," but no such inevitable rise to climax as in "mixed marriage."

    Irish Plays and Playwrights Cornelius Weygandt
  • Can you beat him—changing round and being proud of this mixed marriage that he had formerly held to be a scandal!

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • I hope it's going to be all right, Jack, though a mixed marriage is a hideous gamble.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna
  • So that a mixed marriage in Germany would almost always mean the crossing of two distinct types.

  • She was the child of a mixed marriage, and her Christian mother had brought her up secretly in her own faith.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • I only meant a square party, a mixed marriage mingling of our different little conjugials.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Yours was what is called a mixed marriage, and the Church does not favour such marriages, but it consented in this case, and why?

  • The Chinese, of which there are large numbers, are usually buried, but in case of a mixed marriage the children are cremated.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
British Dictionary definitions for mixed marriage

mixed marriage

noun
1.
a marriage between persons of different races or religions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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mixed marriage in Culture

mixed marriage definition


Marriage between two people who come from different cultural, national, racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds. Often, such marriages must withstand the scrutiny of both partners' families and social communities.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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