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mixed marriage

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
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Having the civil wedding alone would also avoid the delay and expense occasioned by a mixed marriage.

    Ragna Anna Miller Costantini
  • I only meant a square party, a mixed marriage mingling of our different little conjugials.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • 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
  • I hope it's going to be all right, Jack, though a mixed marriage is a hideous gamble.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
  • 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
  • Yours was what is called a mixed marriage, and the Church does not favour such marriages, but it consented in this case, and why?

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

  • Illiteracy was common enough and might be overlooked, but a mixed marriage was unthinkable.

  • 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

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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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