Meaning of exogamy in English:


Pronunciation /ɛkˈsɒɡəmi/


mass noun
  • 1Anthropology
    The custom of marrying outside a community, clan, or tribe.

    Compare with endogamy

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Social disapproval of ethnic exogamy is lessening, though the government unofficially discourages it.’
    • ‘Male exogamy was slightly higher than female exogamy for the same period and occurred most frequently among third-generation Mexican Americans.’
  • 2Biology
    The fusion of reproductive cells from distantly related or unrelated individuals; cross-pollination.