Definition of marriage
1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <same-sex marriage> b : the mutual relation of married persons : wedlock c : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage
3 : an intimate or close union <the marriage of painting and poetry — J. T. Shawcross>
Examples of marriage in a sentence
It was his second marriage.
They have a very happy marriage.
Her first two marriages ended in divorce.
She has old-fashioned ideas about marriage.
couples living together before marriage
Many friends and relatives were present at their marriage.
a priest who has performed many marriages
a marriage of sweet and spicy flavors
a marriage of science and art
a marriage between form and function
Origin and Etymology of marriage
Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry
First Known Use: 14th century
MARRIAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marriage for English Language Learners
: the relationship that exists between a husband and a wife
: a similar relationship between people of the same sex
: a ceremony in which two people are married to each other
MARRIAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of marriage for Students
1 : the state of being united in a legal relationship as husband and wife
2 : the act of getting married
Legal Definition of marriage
1 : the state of being united to a person as spouse in a legal, consensual, and contractual relationship recognized and sanctioned by and dissolvable only by law — see also divorce ,Obergefell v. Hodges — compare civil union
2 : the ceremony containing certain legal formalities by which a marriage relationship is created
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