marriage of convenience

noun phrase

: a marriage contracted for social, political, or economic advantage rather than for mutual affection
broadly : a union or cooperation formed solely for pragmatic reasons

Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marriage of convenience was in 1711

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“Marriage of convenience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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