mar·riage·able | \ ˈmer-i-jə-bəl , ˈma-ri- \

Definition of marriageable 

: fit for or capable of marriage not yet of marriageable age

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from marriageable

marriageability \ˌmer-i-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌma-ri- \ noun

Examples of marriageable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The biggest gap between men and women of marriageable age, defined here as 15 to 29, will come in the next few decades, as the babies of the past decade grow up. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "TOO MANY MEN," 18 Apr. 2018 The 29-year-old is reportedly the last member of the royal family of marriageable age who is single – resulting in an outpouring of support on social media. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Eugenie's single sister Beatrice gains sympathy from Twitter after royal engagement announcement," 24 Jan. 2018 Sometimes a girl won’t be considered to be marriageable, depriving her of another basic human experience. Katherine Mckenzie, STAT, "Millions have been traumatized by female genital mutilation. The practice must end," 29 Mar. 2018 The first generation born under the one-child policy are reaching marriageable age, bringing with it the excess of boys over girls that was exacerbated by population control. The Economist, "Life and soul of the PartyXi Jinping has been good for China’s Communist Party; less so for China," 14 Oct. 2017 Legislation passed on June 15 raising the state’s minimum marriageable age from 16 to 18 (though still with an emancipation exception). Ashley Belanger, Teen Vogue, "Child Marriage in the United States, Explained," 5 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'marriageable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of marriageable

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about marriageable

Share marriageable

Statistics for marriageable

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for marriageable

The first known use of marriageable was circa 1575

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for marriageable



English Language Learners Definition of marriageable

: able to marry or suitable for marriage

More from Merriam-Webster on marriageable

Spanish Central: Translation of marriageable

Nglish: Translation of marriageable for Spanish Speakers

Comments on marriageable

What made you want to look up marriageable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!