hypergamy

hypergamy

[hahy-pur-guh-mee]
noun
the practice among Hindu women of marrying into a caste at least as high as their own.

Origin:
1880–85; hyper- + -gamy

hypergamous, adjective
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hypergamy (haɪˈpɜːɡəmɪ)
 
n
1.  anthropol a custom that forbids a woman to marry a man of lower social status
2.  any marriage with a partner of higher social status
 
[C19: from hyper- + -gamy]
 
hyper'gamous
 
adj

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