arranged marriage

ar·​ranged marriage | \ ə-ˈrānjd- How to pronounce arranged marriage (audio) \

Definition of arranged marriage

: a marriage in which the spouses are chosen for each other by their parents

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Recent Examples on the Web Female friendship, our reviewer, Tatjana Soli, noted, is tested here by class differences, arranged marriages and wartime atrocities. Jennifer Krauss, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Everything in Its Place’ and ‘The Island of Sea Women’," 17 Apr. 2020 For a long time, Raghda and Rafaa seemed fated to retrace the path of their five older sisters: arranged marriages while still young; children soon thereafter; faces covered with the niqab, the black veil that reveals only the eyes. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Saudi Law Granted Women New Freedoms. Their Families Don’t Always Agree.," 14 Mar. 2020 As India has developed, women have become better educated and more empowered, and arranged marriages have declined. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "More Than a Third of Female Suicides Are Committed by Indian Women," 1 Dec. 2018 Legal loopholes at the federal and state levels have allowed forced and arranged marriages to continue, lawmakers and activists fighting to end the practice say. NBC News, "She was an American child bride. Now, Genevieve is fighting to stop it from happening to others.," 12 Aug. 2019 But for young, American Muslims, whose parents or grandparents adhered to more traditional and strict family obligations in dating, or had arranged marriages, the pull of familial expectations can be tough. Monica Haider, Teen Vogue, "How Young, American Muslims Are Dating and Finding Love in New York City," 30 July 2019 As a result, many families hastily arrange marriages for unmarried girls and women who are pregnant through rape. Susannah Savage, Washington Post, "‘A lot of shame’: Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape," 22 May 2018 These are arranged marriages: Each contrada meets its horse for the first time just four days before the race. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 Even arranged marriages have changed among urban, middle-class families. Moni Basu, CNN, "When it comes to finding Mr. Right in India, Daddy knows best," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of arranged marriage

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Arranged marriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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: a marriage in which the husband and wife are chosen for each other by their parents

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