commitment ceremony

noun

: a ceremony in which two people publicly avow their commitment to each other in a union that is similar to a marriage but without legal status
Summer vacation on Cape Cod: Craig and I sit in our favorite restaurant, celebrating the third anniversary of our commitment ceremony.Sam Abel, Parenting, October 2000
Starting next month, the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times will publish reports of same-sex commitment ceremonies … the newspaper announced yesterday.The New York Times, 18 Aug. 2002

Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commitment ceremony was in 1987

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“Commitment ceremony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commitment%20ceremony. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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