hypergamy[hī pʉr′gə mē]
hypergamy definition by Webster's New World
marriage with a person of a higher social class or position
Origin: hyper- plush -gamy
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- hypergamous adjective
hypergamy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The practice of marrying into an equal or more prestigious social group or caste.