homophily

[huh-mof-uh-lee]

noun

the tendency to form strong social connections with people who share one’s defining characteristics, as age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, personal beliefs, etc.: political homophily on social media.

Nearby words

  1. homonyms,
  2. homonymy,
  3. homoousian,
  4. homophil,
  5. homophile,
  6. homophobe,
  7. homophobia,
  8. homophobic,
  9. homophone,
  10. homophones

Origin of homophily

First recorded in 1950–55; homo- + -phily

Related formsho·mo·phil·i·ous [hoh-muh-fil-ee-uhs] /ˌhoʊ məˈfɪl i əs/ adjective

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