marriage within a specific tribe or similar social unit.Compare exogamy(def 1).

Origin of endogamy

First recorded in 1860–65; endo- + -gamy
Related formsen·dog·a·mous, en·do·gam·ic [en-doh-gam-ik] /ˌɛn doʊˈgæm ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for endogamy

Historical Examples of endogamy

  • In people living in small communities, endogamy does not appear to have ever existed.

  • Sometimes an endogamy of religious origin is met with, among the Jews for example.

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


    William Graham Sumner

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

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

  • It simply means marrying-out, in contrast to endogamy, or marrying-in.


    Robert Marett

British Dictionary definitions for endogamy



anthropol marriage within one's own tribe or similar unitCompare exogamy (def. 1)
pollination between two flowers on the same plant
Derived Formsendogamous or 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

endogamy in Medicine




Reproduction by the fusion of gametes of similar ancestry.
Marriage within a particular group in accordance with custom or law.
Related formsen•doga•mous adj.
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