marriage of convenience

noun phrase

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, in the meaning defined above

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“Marriage of convenience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marriage%20of%20convenience. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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marriage of convenience

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marriage of convenience

: a marriage made for social, political, or economic reasons and not for love

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