hypergamy
noun (plural -mies) Date: 1883 marriage into an equal or higher caste or social group

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  • Hypergamy — refers to a system of practice of selecting a spouse of higher socio economic status than oneself. Specifically, it refers to a widespread tendency amongst human cultures for females to seek or be encouraged to pursue male suitors that are… …   Wikipedia

  • hypergamy — [hī pʉr′gə mē] n. [ HYPER + GAMY] marriage with a person of a higher social class or position hypergamous adj …   English World dictionary

  • hypergamy — hypergamous, adj. /huy perr geuh mee/, n. the practice among Hindu women of marrying into a caste at least as high as their own. [1880 85; HYPER + GAMY] * * * …   Universalium

  • hypergamy — noun Act or practice of seeking a spouse of equal or higher socioeconomic status, or caste status than oneself …   Wiktionary

  • hypergamy — [hʌɪ pə:gəmi] noun marriage to a person of a superior class. Origin C19: from hyper + Gk gamos marriage …   English new terms dictionary

  • hypergamy — hy·per·ga·my …   English syllables

  • hypergamy — hy•per•ga•my [[t]haɪˈpɜr gə mi[/t]] n. ant raj marriage to a person of a social status higher than one s own; orig., esp. in India, the custom of allowing a woman to marry only into her own or a higher social group • Etymology: 1880–85… …   From formal English to slang

  • hypergamy —   n. marriage with person of same or higher caste only …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • hypergamy — n. marriage to a person of equal or superior caste or class. Etymology: HYPER + Gk gamos marriage …   Useful english dictionary

  • ГИПЕРГАМИЯ — (hypergamy) процесс внутри касты, в ходе которого женщине, состоящей в браке, может быть позволен переход в касту мужа (но не наоборот) …   Большой толковый социологический словарь

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