con·​sum·​ma·​tion | \ ˌkän-sə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce consummation (audio) \

Definition of consummation

1 : the act of consummating the consummation of a contract by mutual signature specifically : the consummating of a marriage
2 : the ultimate end : finish

Examples of consummation in a Sentence

the signing of the contract marked the consummation of six months of negotiations the opening of the performing arts center brought to consummation years of planning
Recent Examples on the Web The garter and bouquet tosses stem from the practice of whisking newlyweds straight from the altar to the consummation bed. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 Milan Kundera once said that all great love stories begin and end outside of consummation. Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 Some of it is shockingly beautiful, an artistic consummation for Kerouac. James Parker, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2022 Yet each of them represents an attempt to visualize the space that is both an obstacle to and a condition of love’s consummation. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 For both of these creatures, consuming and consummation is a sacred pleasure — and such things are worth waiting for. Gala Mukomolova,, 18 Nov. 2021 For the novel’s engineers, as for Mr. McCarthy, the coming technological singularity is not a nightmare but a consummation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2021 Located on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, the Every is an ecommerce giant of infinite economic, political and social power, the final consummation of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2021 The show coincides with the 500th anniversary of the 1521 conquest of Mexico City by the Spanish, and the 200th anniversary of the consummation of Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821., 2 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of consummation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Consummation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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