Definition of endogamy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛnˈdɒɡəmi/


[mass noun]
1 Anthropology The custom of marrying only within the limits of a local community, clan, or tribe. Compare with exogamy.
Example sentences
  • In recent years, community and regional endogamy have declined.
  • Though marriage outside the ethnic group was tolerated, these people practiced a high rate of endogamy, which strengthened family and community bonds.
  • The tribe often encourage endogamy out of the belief that it will help keep the tribal identity from being lost.
2 Biology The fusion of reproductive cells from related individuals; inbreeding; self-pollination.
Example sentences
  • In alfalfa and maize, seed production was shown to be severely depressed by endogamy.
  • This, in plant species, can buffer against genetic erosion resulting from processes of endogamy and genetic drift.



Pronunciation: /ɛnˈdɒɡəməs/
Example sentences
  • These are cultural differences and they cause biological differences because cultural groups are endogamous.
  • Marriages in the community remained endogamous as long as suitable marriage partners existed, but after the second generation, partners were often found in the predominantly Dutch communities in the surrounding countryside.
  • In 1968, 25 percent of urban marriages, 31 percent of rural marriages, and 51 percent of tribal marriages were reported as endogamous.


Mid 19th century: from endo- 'within' + Greek gamos 'marriage', on the pattern of polygamy.

Words that rhyme with endogamy

exogamy, heterogamy, homogamy, misogamy, monogamy

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