from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Marriage contracted between members of two families, classes, tribes, or races; connection or relation by virtue of such marriage: as, the estates of the families were united by intermarriage.
- noun Consanguineous marriage; marriage between persons nearly related by blood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Connection by marriage; reciprocal marriage; giving and taking in marriage, as between two families, tribes, races, castes, or nations.
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- noun Marriage between people belonging to different groups, such as different racial, ethnic, or religious groups;
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- noun marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
- noun marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
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Others say the decline in intermarriage is a non-issue.
That said, I personally use the term intermarriage when talking about White Latino marriages in part because I think a marriage between myself (White woman) and someone like the rapper Fabolous (black looking Latino) would be treated differently than some one like Emilio Estevez (White looking Latino).
If the rate of increase of intermarriage is slowing, then the article is correct on that fact.
But yeah, “intermarriage is up, a sign of increasing racial isolation” makes no sense.
But accepting that intermarriage is a fact in a free pluralistic society, so how do we best connect with the Jewish half of these couples along with their partners in a meaningful way.
The very fact that people felt the need to write these rules concerning intermarriage is telling in itself.
Probably the biggest factor in intermarriage and fertility rate change is critical mass.
Using census data from 1990 and 2000, Qian and Lichter identified "unprecedented declines in intermarriage with whites, and big increases in marriages between native - and foreign-born members of Asian and Hispanic ethnicities."
The cultural capital exchanged in ethnic intermarriage is considerably greater than that within ethnic groups.
He agrees with the writer Calvin Hernton that intermarriage is "the crucial test in determining when a people have completely won their way into the mainstream of any given society."