• synonyms


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

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

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • 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


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

endogamy in Medicine


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