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noun mar·riage \ˈmer-ij, ˈma-rij\

: the relationship that exists between a husband and a wife

: a similar relationship between people of the same sex

: a ceremony in which two people are married to each other

Full Definition of MARRIAGE

a (1) :  the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) :  the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage>
b :  the mutual relation of married persons :  wedlock
c :  the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage
:  an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected; especially :  the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities
:  an intimate or close union <the marriage of painting and poetry — J. T. Shawcross>

Examples of MARRIAGE

  1. It was his second marriage.
  2. They have a very happy marriage.
  3. Her first two marriages ended in divorce.
  4. She has old-fashioned ideas about marriage.
  5. couples living together before marriage
  6. Many friends and relatives were present at their marriage.
  7. a priest who has performed many marriages
  8. a marriage of sweet and spicy flavors
  9. a marriage of science and art
  10. a marriage between form and function

Origin of MARRIAGE

Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

Rhymes with MARRIAGE

MARRIAGE Defined for Kids


noun mar·riage \ˈmer-ij\

Definition of MARRIAGE for Kids

:  the state of being united in a legal relationship as husband and wife
:  the act of getting married
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