civil marriage


Definition of civil marriage

: a marriage performed by a magistrate

Examples of civil marriage in a Sentence

a mayor who has officiated at several civil marriages this year

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There is one in his office and another in the room where town officials perform civil marriages. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Crosses Go Up in Public Offices. It’s Culture, Bavaria Says, Not Religion.," 30 May 2018 Lauren Elyse Fonda and Jeffrey Scott Gordinier were married Jan. 12 at the county courthouse in Santa Barbara, Calif. Alma Medina Figueroa, a deputy commissioner of civil marriages, officiated. New York Times, "Lauren Fonda, Jeffrey Gordinier," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of civil marriage

1820, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of civil marriage

: a marriage performed by a person (such as a justice of the peace) who is not a religious leader

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