Definition of exogamy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɒɡəmi/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsɒɡəmi/


[mass noun]
1 Anthropology The custom of marrying outside a community, clan, or tribe. Compare with endogamy.
Example sentences
  • The practice of clan exogamy - or marriage outside of the clan or group - is typical, however, of almost all ethnic groups.
  • Individual choice is constrained by kin group exogamy.
  • These clans maintained strict exogamy, so wives may be brought in from elsewhere.
2 Biology The fusion of reproductive cells from distantly related or unrelated individuals; cross-pollination.



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɒɡəməs/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsɒɡəməs/
Example sentences
  • These exogamous marriages introduced the possibility of idolatry and syncretistic practices into the community.
  • Rural communities were exogamous, patrilocal, and patriarchal, with newly married women subservient in the families of their husbands until they had borne sons.
  • Thus, a caste is endogamous, but all the kin-based units below it are exogamous and follow rigid rules about which clans or lineages are allowed to inter-marry.

Words that rhyme with exogamy

endogamy, heterogamy, homogamy, misogamy, monogamy

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Line breaks: ex|og¦amy

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