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hypergamy

Definition of Hypergamy

(noun) A marriage between a female of low status to a male of higher status.

Hypergamy Pronunciation

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Syllabification: hy·per·ga·my

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /hie-pUHRgUH-mee/
  • British English – /hie-pUHRgUH-mee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /haɪˈpɝɡəmɪ/
  • British English: /haɪˈpɜːgəmɪ/

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Cite the Definition of Hypergamy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “hypergamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 29, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/hypergamy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

hypergamy. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/hypergamy/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “hypergamy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 29, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/hypergamy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“hypergamy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 29 May. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/hypergamy/>.