mar·​riage·​able ˈmer-i-jə-bəl How to pronounce marriageable (audio)
: fit for or capable of marriage
not yet of marriageable age
marriageability noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In India, the legal marriageable age is 21 for men and 18 for women. Wasbir Hussain,, 4 Feb. 2023 Once Rhaenyra becomes marriageable, Viserys fields a plethora of suitors for her hand. David Routt, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 The decline is partly due to decades of policies designed to limit China's population growth, which mean there are fewer young people of marriageable age, according to Chinese officials and sociologists. Jessie Yeung And Cnn's Beijing Bureau, CNN, 1 Sep. 2022 Yes, Bridgerton is back, and with it the debut of a new social season, along with a fresh crop of marriageable lords and ladies. Katie Rife, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Despite Francois’ infrequent appearances, something is brewing between him and Maria, who’s now of marriageable age. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 Mai acts with the license of a woman who has the wealth of three marriageable sons. James Wood, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 All the components of a traditional fairytale are present in the story: warring kings, a marriageable princess, fairies, a prince, enchantments, a villainess. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 11 Apr. 2021 Whether the issue is a lack of marriageable men, unstable family norms or women who simply prefer to go it alone, there is no particular reason to think those factors will disappear in an era of population decline. Tyler Cowen, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marriageable was circa 1575

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“Marriageable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


mar·​riage·​able -ə-bəl How to pronounce marriageable (audio)
: fit for or capable of marriage
of marriageable age

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