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

Examples of arranged marriage in a Sentence

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2018 Even arranged marriages have changed among urban, middle-class families. Moni Basu, CNN, 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 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of arranged marriage

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


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