Definition of intermarriage
a marriage between people belonging to different groups, ethnic, religious or otherwise.
Examples of intermarriage in the following topics:
- Intermarriage refers to marriage across racial, ethnic, or, occasionally, generational lines.
- High rates of intermarriage are considered to be an indication of social integration, as they suggest intimate and profound relations between people of different groups.
- Intermarriage reduces the ability of families to pass on to their children a consistent ethnic culture and thus is an agent of assimilation.
- Intermarriage between groups construct valuable alliances that improve the ability for both groups to thrive.
- There has been a great deal of intermarriage and cross-cultural unions so much so that Bamshad and Olson reported that among the billions of genetic markers: "The outward signs on which most definitions of race are based—such as skin color and hair texture—are dictated by a handful of genes.
- Intermarriage between groups, tribes, or clans was often political or strategic and resulted in reciprocal obligations between the two groups represented by the marital partners.