noun, often attributive
wed·​ding | \ ˈwe-diŋ How to pronounce wedding (audio) \

Definition of wedding

1 : a marriage ceremony usually with its accompanying festivities : nuptials
2 : an act, process, or instance of joining in close association
3 : a wedding anniversary or its celebration usually used in combination a golden wedding

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Examples of wedding in a Sentence

The wedding will be at 2:00 p.m. the couple chose to have a garden wedding

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After the wedding, Nai Nai hands Billi a classic Chinese red envelope, for luck. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When a Lie Becomes Your Breakout Film," 14 July 2019 Susi Larsen’s funeral was held on what would have been her wedding day., "New law would limit Oregon’s death penalty to rare cases: Accused MAX train killer Jeremy Christian and others would face life in prison," 12 July 2019 The July 4 wedding of Audra and Jeff Johnson in KalamazooMich. Fox News, "Michigan couple's wedding theme celebrates America, Trump," 12 July 2019 But Fenoli says every bride should feel beautiful and have their perfect wedding day. Georgia Slater, USA TODAY, "52 couples from every state say yes to the dress, and 'I do,' in mass Central Park wedding," 11 July 2019 At the wedding last month, the chaplain who provides services to the couple through The Elizabeth Hospice married the Zaragozas and Zehren performed all the music. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Music therapy brings unity, hope to family with child on hospice," 10 July 2019 For many couples the most important day to assert their bisexual identity is their wedding day. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "Our Marriage Looks Straight. We’re Not.," 9 July 2019 In the days leading up to the wedding, Wilkinson counted down to the big day on her Instagram with posts. Charlotte Carroll,, "Browns Quarterback Baker Mayfield Marries Emily Wilkinson," 7 July 2019 One year after the wedding, Jennifer's mother died of cancer. CBS News, "Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 17 years later," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of wedding

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wedding

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


wed·​ding | \ ˈwe-diŋ How to pronounce wedding (audio) \

Kids Definition of wedding

: a marriage ceremony

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