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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Other Words from marital

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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Saturday's sartorial moment is not the first time Hailey has worn her new last name since making her marital status Insta-official earlier this month. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Wore Matching Jerseys at a Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game," 25 Nov. 2018 Its self-destructive love triangle consists of Ippei, a wealthy middle-aged playboy; Yūko, his bored and neglected wife; and Kōji, a hot-blooded student who becomes Yūko’s lover and her instrument for marital vengeance. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 Also hanging over Djokovic were tabloid reports of marital strife. Andrew Lawrence, The Atlantic, "What’s Going on With Novak Djokovic?," 30 June 2018 Whether Twitter contributed to the Trumps’ marital strife or not, sources agree the couple have been struggling. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Are Donald Trump Jr. and His Wife Separated?," 14 Mar. 2018 Many took this comment as another sign of marital strife for the first couple. Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, "Donald Trump Says Melania's Life Is 'Not so Easy' Right Now," 12 Mar. 2018 Photo: New Line Cinema/Everett Collection That shoe’s engagement cameo propelled it to icon status, encouraging a generation of young women to associate marital bliss with footwear. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "It’s Back: The Shoe ‘Sex and the City’ Made Famous," 2 Nov. 2018 Kloss revealed their marital bliss with a post on her Instagram account. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares More Photos From Private Wedding to Josh Kushner," 26 Oct. 2018 Controlling for the fathers’ postwar socioeconomic status like wealth, occupational class, and county population density did not alter the results, nor did the sons’ marital status or occupation or the mothers’ wealth or lifespan. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation," 22 Oct. 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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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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living or existing for a long time

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