[ in-ter-mar-ij, in-ter-mar-ij ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmær ɪdʒ, ˈɪn tərˌmær ɪdʒ /


marriage between people of different religions, tribes, castes, ethnicities, or racial groups, as between a white person and a black person or between a Christian and a Muslim.
marriage between people of different social classes.
marriage within a specific social or cultural group, as required by custom or law; endogamy.
marriage between people belonging to the same small group, especially if they are close blood relatives.


Nearby words

  1. interlope,
  2. interloper,
  3. interlude,
  4. interlunar,
  5. interlunation,
  6. intermarry,
  7. intermaxillary bone,
  8. intermaxillary suture,
  9. intermeddle,
  10. intermedia

Origin of intermarriage

First recorded in 1570–80; inter- + marriage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for intermarriage



1570s, from inter- + marriage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper