mar·​riage·​able | \ ˈmer-i-jə-bəl How to pronounce marriageable (audio) , ˈma-ri- \

Definition of marriageable

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

Other Words from marriageable

marriageability \ ˌmer-​i-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce marriageable (audio) , ˌma-​ri-​ \ noun

Examples of marriageable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 It’s written in the taut lines of his brooding presence and that undeniable smolder designed to leave marriageable misses weak at the knees, despite his own reluctance to marry. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 Dec. 2020 China has 24 million more men than women of marriageable age, putting some bachelors in a tough spot. Wei Li, The Conversation, 10 Jan. 2020 Ideally, a young man’s roommate had a marriageable younger sister, tightening the bond once more. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, 6 Sep. 2019 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, 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of marriageable

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of marriageable was circa 1575

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English Language Learners Definition of marriageable

: able to marry or suitable for marriage

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