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 combinationa 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
Recent Examples on the Web What will happen to India’s wedding industry after lockdown? Maria Aspan, Fortune, "Sallie Krawcheck’s startup pivots beyond investing," 25 June 2020 Before the park reopened, Liz Peters' parents drove seven hours from Portland, Oregon, to celebrate her wedding along 0 Avenue, while still standing on American soil. Anchorage Daily News, "There’s a loophole along the closed US-Canada border. Couples are getting married there.," 18 June 2020 Their wedding was attended by celebrity friends like Kanye West, Pharrell, The Dream, Fabolous and Trey Songz. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Congratulations! Pusha T And His Wife Virginia Welcome A Baby Boy," 16 June 2020 Two years ago, the Supreme Court decided 7-2 in favor of a baker who turned away a gay couple seeking a cake for their wedding. Heather Landy, Quartz at Work, "Being LGBTQ is no longer a fireable offense in US workplaces," 15 June 2020 Her makeshift wedding turned out perfect, but her battle with cancer was far from over. Christina Oehler,, "This Woman's Stage 4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis Didn't Stop Her Dream Wedding," 10 June 2020 Meanwhile, Schroeder and Doute became closer friends with Cartwright, going on to serve as bridesmaids in her 2019 wedding to Taylor. Marcus Jones,, "Vanderpump Rules cleans house, fires Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute for past racism," 9 June 2020 Thomas was also naive enough to schedule his wedding for exactly 64 days after the start of the 63-day course. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "How IU football helped Blake Powers, Austin Thomas for Army careers," 8 June 2020 The day of their wedding, Saturday, was the eighth day of protests in Philadelphia and numerous demonstrations were organized over the weekend. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Couple celebrates wedding among thousands of protesters in Philadelphia," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of wedding

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

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“Wedding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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