hypergamy

[hahy-pur-guh-mee]
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noun

the practice among Hindu women of marrying into a caste at least as high as their own.

Origin of hypergamy

First recorded in 1880–85; hyper- + -gamy
Related formshy·per·ga·mous, adjective
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hypergamy

noun

anthropol a custom that forbids a woman to marry a man of lower social status
any marriage with a partner of higher social status
Derived Formshypergamous, adjective

Word Origin for hypergamy

C19: from hyper- + -gamy
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