(noun) The practice of marrying inside a specific group.

Example: Nonacceptance of interracial marriage in some societies can be a formal norm and written into law but in others it is an informal norm.

Audio Pronunciation: (en·dog·a·my)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: endogamies
  • Endogamy is marrying inside your social group and exogamy is marrying outside of your social group.
  • Endogamic norms can be formal or informal.
  • A type of homogamy.
  • Also called:
    • inmarriage
    • intermarriage
  • An (noun) endogamist (adverb) endogmatically marries inside their group to create an (adjective) endogamic (adjective) or endogamous relationship.
  • Endogamy used in a sentence: Orthodox Jews typically practice endogamy.

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How to Cite the Definition of Endogamy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “endogamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 23, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/endogamy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

endogamy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/endogamy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “endogamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 23, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/endogamy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“endogamy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/endogamy/>.