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sororate

[ sawr-uh-reyt, sohr- ]
/ ˈsɔr əˌreɪt, ˈsoʊr- /
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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for sororate

sororate
/ (ˈsɒrəˌreɪt) /

noun

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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