arranged marriage

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

Definition of arranged marriage

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

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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 Many Rohingya girls are forced to marry in their early teens, arranged marriages that tether them to much older men. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘I’m Struggling to Survive’: For Rohingya Women, Abuse Continues in Camps," 23 Dec. 2017 In Nigeria, Boko Haram arranges marriages for its recruits. The Economist, "The perils of polygamyThe link between polygamy and war," 16 Dec. 2017 Many parents in Pakistan arrange marriages for their daughters against their will, but such incidents are rare. ___ Associated Press writer Munir Ahmed contributed to this report from Islamabad. Washington Post, "Pakistani bride kills 17 in botched plot to kill husband," 1 Nov. 2017 Amidst warring families, arranged marriages, and untimely deaths, passion ignites in the opulent world of Renaissance Italy. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week: Oct. 24-29," 23 Oct. 2017 Under Chairman Mao, arranged marriages were banned. Chao Deng, WSJ, "I Do What? In China, Some Western Wedding Customs Don’t Compute," 16 July 2017

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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

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