Definition of heterogamy in US English:



  • 1Zoology
    The alternation of generations, especially between sexual and parthenogenetic generations.

  • 2Botany
    A state in which the flowers of a plant are of two or more types.

    Compare with homogamy (sense 2)
    1. 2.1
      another term for anisogamy
  • 3Marriage between people from different sociological or educational backgrounds.

    Compare with homogamy (sense 1)
    • ‘An examination of the relative social positions of spouses shows that heterogamy, the marriage of people from different social backgrounds, was not characteristic after World War II either.’
    • ‘The three barriers to heterogamy are described by inheritance, sectoral, and hierarchy parameters.’
    • ‘However, it definitely does not support the hypothesis of decreasing barriers to inter-class heterogamy over time.’