[ hahy-pur-guh-mee ]
/ haɪˈpɜr gə mi /


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 forms

hy·per·ga·mous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypergamy


/ (haɪˈpɜːɡəmɪ) /


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 Forms

hypergamous, adjective

Word Origin for hypergamy

C19: from hyper- + -gamy
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