sororate

The marriage of a man to his wife's sister

Grandiloquent dictionary. 2006.

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  • sororate — [sə rôr′it, sə rôr′āt] n. [ModL < L soror, SISTER + ATE2] the custom in some cultures of marrying the younger sister of one s wife, esp. after the wife s death …   English World dictionary

  • sororate — /sawr euh rayt , sohr /, n. subsequent or concurrent marriage with a wife s sister. [1905 10; < L soror (s. of soror) SISTER + ATE3] * * * ▪ anthropology       custom or law decreeing that a widower should, or in rare cases must, marry his… …   Universalium

  • sororate — noun Etymology: Latin soror Date: 1910 the marriage of one man to two or more sisters usually successively and after the first wife has been found to be barren or after her death …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sororate — noun The custom of the marriage of a man to the sister of his wife, usually after the wife has died …   Wiktionary

  • sororate — soro·rate …   English syllables

  • sororate — so•ror•ate [[t]ˈsɔr əˌreɪt, ˈsoʊr [/t]] n. marriage with a wife s sister, as following the wife s death • Etymology: 1905–10; < L soror sister …   From formal English to slang

  • sororate — /ˈsɒrəreɪt/ (say soruhrayt) noun marriage with a wife s sister. {Latin soror sister + ate3} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sororate — səˈrōrə̇t, ōrˌāt; ˈsȯrəˌrāt noun ( s) Etymology: Latin soror sister + English ate : the marriage of one man with two or more sisters usually successively and after the first wife has been found to be barren or after her death compare levirate,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sororate marriage — is the sociological custom of a man marrying (or engaging in sexual activity with) his wife s sister (rarely with her brother), usually after the wife is dead or has proven infertile.From an anthropological standpoint, this type of marriage… …   Wikipedia

  • sororate marriage — noun A marriage in which a husband engages in marriage or sexual relations with the sister of his wife, usually after the death of his wife, or once his wife has proven infertile. See Also: levirate marriage …   Wiktionary

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