Definition of intermarriage in English:

intermarriage

noun

  • 1Marriage between people of different races, castes, or religions.

    ‘the main reason for the increase in intermarriage is probably greater religious and ethnic tolerance’
    • ‘More than two-thirds of Cape Verdean population ancestry is Creole, descended from the intermarriages between the Portuguese settlers and black Africans.’
    • ‘There has been a good deal of intermarriage, especially among Sunni Muslims with different ethnic backgrounds.’
    • ‘This was evidenced in their culture, language and intermarriages that were so common within the area.’
    • ‘None of the intermarriages that took place in the early restoration could have occurred if the priests were firmly in control.’
    • ‘These networks were further cemented by intermarriages and mutual help alliances.’
    • ‘Are you for or against intermarriage between people of different communities?’
    • ‘There have been centuries of intermarriage between the different groups, so there are no longer any ‘pure’ ethnic groups in China.’
    • ‘The demography of the Jewish community is changing - the percentage of intermarriages is going up.’
    • ‘There was little if any intermarriage and little intermating between the two groups.’
    • ‘There was an era, within the memory of many people reading these words, when intermarriage between races was illegal in many states.’
    • ‘Ethnic intermarriage became fairly common in Soviet times, and most people have at least one ancestor of a different nationality.’
    • ‘By 1900, intermarriages with other nationalities were more common, most of them occurring with Germans, but also with Austrians, Hungarians, and Poles.’
    • ‘The blending and intermarriage of races for over 500 years has made Bolivia a heterogeneous society.’
    • ‘Forced conversions have been reported, as well as forced divorces in Muslim-Christian intermarriages.’
    • ‘That has led to intermarriages, thereby making it difficult to identify who is a Zambian and who is not.’
    • ‘In addition, intermarriage between immigrant males and Mexican American women has encouraged the maintenance of Spanish.’
    • ‘Many never learned to speak English at all, and there was little intermarriage with other immigrant groups.’
    • ‘This option reflects changes in the nation's diversity as a result of immigration and intermarriage among different racial groups.’
    • ‘The intermarriages between the Hui and Han were further reinforced by the imperial edict in the Ming Dynasty.’
    • ‘There are no ethnic or religious restrictions, and intermarriage in Thailand is quite common, especially between Thai and Chinese, and Thai and Westerners.’
    1. 1.1Marriage between close relations.
      • ‘Firstly, it is said that when my parents met their families were neighbours and related by intermarriage.’
      • ‘It's not the intermarriages per se that cause defects.’
      • ‘However, contributing to more distinct group of health problems is the growing trend of marriage between close relatives or what Vickie calls intermarriage.’

Pronunciation:

intermarriage

/ˌin(t)ərˈmerij/