Meaning of homogamy in English:


Pronunciation /hɒˈmɒɡəmi/


mass noun
  • 1Marriage between people from similar sociological or educational backgrounds.

    Compare with heterogamy (sense 1)

    ‘This trend toward educational homogamy, or the tendency for men and women with similar educational achievement to marry each other, is not new, but it has seen slight increases over the past few decades.’
    • ‘In general, immigrant parents are anxious for their children to marry someone from their own ethnic and religious group, although ethnic homogamy has been decreasing among members of American-born generations.’
    • ‘If we assume that there is homogamy, this would mean in our case that children of farmers are overrepresented in our sample and the children of unskilled workers are underrepresented.’
    • ‘The increasing homogamy of sons and daughters of unskilled workers does not per se contradict the sexual revolution thesis.’
    • ‘In a society that promotes homogamy, interracial couples often face overt and covert racism from society at large, as well as resistance to their unions by family and friends.’
    • ‘There is also a high level of religious homogamy.’
  • 2Biology
    Inbreeding, especially as a result of isolation.

    ‘Animal and human studies have shown that individuals choose mates partly on the basis of similarity, a tendency referred to as homogamy.’
    • ‘Another biological factor in mate choice is homogamy, the tendency for like to mate with like.’
  • 3Botany
    A state in which the flowers of a plant are all of one type (either hermaphrodite or of the same sex).

    Compare with heterogamy (sense 3)

  • 4Botany
    The simultaneous ripening of the stamens and pistils of a flower, ensuring self-pollination.

    Compare with dichogamy


Late 19th century from homo-‘same’ + Greek gamos ‘marriage’.