mar·i·tal | \ˈmer-ə-tᵊl, ˈma-rə-\

Definition of marital 

1 : of or relating to marriage or the married state marital vows

2 : of or relating to a husband and his role in marriage

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maritally \-tᵊl-ē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for marital


conjugal, connubial, married, matrimonial, nuptial, wedded



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Examples of marital in a Sentence

They've been having marital problems. neither of them ever forgot their marital vows, no matter how hard things sometimes got

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Speaking of Kanye, his latest album gave us an insight into some of his marital drama. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Quickly catch up on the day's news," 5 June 2018 The judgment in her divorce required Alexandre to give the deed of the former couple’s marital residence in Bridgehampton, New York, to Luann, who agreed to create a trust for her two children. Natalie Stone,, "Luann de Lesseps Sued by Her Two Children and Ex-Husband Over $8 Million House Sale," 12 July 2018 Was there a marital conflict that had spun out of control? David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 The pursuit of self-expression simultaneously makes achieving marital success harder and the value of doing so greater. Cari Romm, The Cut, "5 Books to Read If You’re Getting Married," 28 June 2018 The company declined to comment on his marital status. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Intel Ex-Chief’s Affair With Employee Began Before He Was CEO," 22 June 2018 With established friends, my habit was to keep dark marital details to myself. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018 For the millions of slaves trafficked into Brazil from western Africa, hairstyle conveyed marital status, religion, social position and ethnic identity. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "Black Brazilians are ditching hair straighteners and white standards of beauty," 19 June 2018 Town of Brookfield Police responded to a call at 9:31 p.m. May 27 at Marcus Majestic Cinema, 770 Springdale Road, for a domestic situation that started with the snack and might be headed toward marital disruption. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Husband declares marriage over after wife salts popcorn at Brookfield theater, police say," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of marital

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marital

Latin maritalis, from maritus married

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Phrases Related to marital

marital bliss

marital status

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The first known use of marital was in 1603

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English Language Learners Definition of marital

: of or relating to marriage


mar·i·tal | \ˈmer-ə-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of marital

: of or relating to marriage


mar·i·tal | \ˈmar-ət-ᵊl \

Legal Definition of marital 

: of or relating to marriage or the married state

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