Definition of in-group in English:



  • An exclusive, typically small, group of people with a shared interest or identity.

    • ‘But the authoritarian adult is the kind of person whose view of the social world is extremely highly structured, and the structure is very much based on considerations of power strength, of in-groups and out-groups.’
    • ‘Such dialects, almost by definition, are media of intimacy: ‘mother tongues’ used in the family and in-groups.’
    • ‘What I mean by this term is that humour functions and is constructed to produce and reproduce certain desirable, socio-cultural effects within social in-groups.’
    • ‘Preoccupation belongs only to the in-groups of patent lawyers, inventors, and the corporate officials responsible for managing intellectual property.’
    • ‘The rise of so many subspecialisms, moreover, has tended to produce often mutually hostile in-groups unable and unwilling to relate to each other.’
    • ‘Underlying these characteristics are the feelings of pride in the in-group, common consciousness and identity of the group, and the exclusiveness of its members.’
    • ‘One becomes part of an initiated in-group with a special language, a special way of talking, special ritual behavior, and an insight into or understanding of the world beyond the rest of society's comprehension.’
    • ‘At the same time, the pamphlet never asked them to define the in-group culture in which they found themselves inside of the larger American culture.’
    • ‘All of the girls either took seats to watch the game (very few did) or gathered in-groups to talk and gossip.’
    • ‘Every technology goes from a lab to being the toy of an in-group to being a utility.’
    • ‘Music is a great way to maintain status: affinity for an artist becomes symbolic of a consumer's membership in a certain in-group.’
    • ‘She recognizes that a Catholic identification is socially meaningful because it distinguishes the in-group with which she associates a sense of belonging and confidence.’
    • ‘A third important development after 1989 followed from the blurring of distinctions between in-groups and out-groups.’
    • ‘I think there's another side to it as well, seen from the other side of the fence: incoming slang is a sort of secret language, expressing exquisitely shaded meanings that are shared among the in-group but are baffling to outsiders.’
    • ‘Social organization is most basic at the level of intermarriage - usually an ethnic in-group or out-of-group phenomenon.’
    • ‘For some players, the in-group rituals which purport to encourage team bonding do not necessarily lead to appropriate behaviour beyond the club boundaries.’
    • ‘This heightened awareness becomes personally relevant when one commits to identifying with the ethnic in-group.’
    • ‘There are important variations, to be sure, in the conception of the extent of the in-group and in the limits of toleration of lying and stealing under certain conditions.’
    • ‘The problem, then, is to define the out-group in such a way that people can abandon this group and join the in-group.’
    • ‘These men are acting the role of ‘alpha males’ who define the boundaries of their group's territory and the norms and behaviors that define members of their in-group.’



/ˈin ˌɡro͞op/