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
Recent Examples on the Web Gantz also wants to introduce term limits for prime ministers (Netanyahu has already had four) and to usher in civil marriages. David Meyer, Fortune, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Israel’s Repeat Election," 17 Sep. 2019 Many abhor the separation of genders in public schools and universities and are dismayed that Jewish Israelis still can’t have civil marriages—and that the Chief Rabbinate has begun asking for genetic tests before allowing couples to marry. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Israeli Election Is Next Week, and Unprecedented Alliances Are Moving Against Netanyahu," 10 Sep. 2019 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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The first known use of civil marriage was in 1820

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“Civil marriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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civil marriage


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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