marriage of convenience

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of marriage of convenience

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

First Known Use of marriage of convenience

1711


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