- the practice among Hindu women of marrying into a caste at least as high as their own.
Origin of hypergamy
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Examples from the Web for hypergamy
They have the same complicated arrangement of exogamy and hypergamy as the Khatris, and will take food from that caste.
The social results of hypergamy, when commonly practised, are highly injurious.
- anthropol a custom that forbids a woman to marry a man of lower social status
- any marriage with a partner of higher social status
C19: from hyper- + -gamy
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