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hypergamy Syllabification: hy·per·ga·my
Pronunciation: /hīˈpərɡəmē/

Definition of hypergamy in English:


The action of marrying a person of a superior caste or class.
Example sentences
  • Family connections help here, and hypergamy (marriage into a higher class) for both men and women is very important.
  • All these strata tend to be endogamous or, in the south, observe the marital rule of hypergamy.
  • Hockings and Merchant collaborate in the final essay to examine hypergamy and hypogamy in pre-modern Kerala.


Late 19th century: from hyper- 'above' + Greek gamos 'marriage'.

Words that rhyme with hypergamy

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