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sororate

[sawr-uh-reyt, sohr-]
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noun
  1. subsequent or concurrent marriage with a wife's sister.
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Origin of sororate

1905–10; < Latin sorōr- (stem of soror) sister + -ate3
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Historical Examples

  • Most marriage was by purchase; the levirate and sororate were common.

    California Athabascan Groups

    Martin A. Baumhoff


British Dictionary definitions for sororate

sororate

noun
  1. the custom in some societies of a widower marrying his deceased wife's younger sister
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Word Origin

C20: from Latin soror a sister
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