sororate

[sawr-uh-reyt, sohr-]

Origin of sororate

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

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

Word Origin for sororate

C20: from Latin soror a sister
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