Definition of hypergamy in English:


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Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpəːgəmi


[mass noun]
  • The action of marrying a person of a superior caste or class.
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    • 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'.

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