by marriage

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of by marriage

used to say that a relationship is created because one person is married to a family member of the other
  • She is my aunt by marriage.
  • They are related by marriage.
  • an aunt by marriage

Word by Word Definitions

marriage play
  1. : the state of being united as spouses in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law

  2. : the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock

  3. : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage


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