group marriage



(among primitive peoples) a form of marriage in which a group of males is united with a group of females to form a single conjugal unit.

Origin of group marriage

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called communal marriage. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for group marriage

Historical Examples of group marriage

  • Polyandry is a survival of the group-marriage of the mother-age.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • This is true also of forms of group-marriage other than those mentioned above.

  • The subject of group-marriage is one about which I do not find it possible to speak so dogmatically.

  • But there is also a second form, which, though less frequent, is of greatest importance for an interpretation of group-marriage.

  • There is also, of course, a form of group-marriage that differs from 'Pirrauru marriage,' and is apparently simpler.

British Dictionary definitions for group marriage

group marriage


an arrangement in which several males live together with several females, forming a conjugal unit
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