mar·​ried | \ ˈmer-ēd How to pronounce married (audio) , ˈma-rēd \

Definition of married

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : being in the state of matrimony : wedded
b : of or relating to marriage : connubial
2 : united, joined


plural marrieds or married

Definition of married (Entry 2 of 2)

: a married person young marrieds are paid undue … attention— Paul Goodman

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Synonyms & Antonyms for married

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

  • nonmarital
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Examples of married in a Sentence

Adjective They are happily married with several children. a sermon on the joys and responsibilities of married love
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Betty and Jughead seem awkward AF with no signs of getting back together and Veronica is married. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Are Betty and Archie Finally Getting Together on "Riverdale"?," 18 Feb. 2021 Now, Idgie would do absolutely anything to help her dearest friend Ruth, so when Ruth winds up married to a monster of a man, Idgie steps in. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Things Even Die-Hard Fried Green Tomatoes Fans Don’t Know," 6 Feb. 2021 The $1,200 and $600 stimulus checks sent out in 2020 went to Americans earnings $75,000 or less, and to married couples filing jointly with incomes under $150,000. Fortune, "Democrats are getting closer to passing a relief package—here’s when to expect $1,400 stimulus checks," 6 Feb. 2021 Jeanne and Bob Naper began seeing movies together in earnest about 35 years ago, when the Canton couple got married. Steve Annear,, "Things have been difficult. But some are cherishing the bright spots amid the pandemic where they can," 5 Feb. 2021 Anyone who’s married will tell you that staying together, and happy, takes work. Essence, "ESSENCE Wellness House: How To Be More Intentional About Your Marriage," 29 Jan. 2021 The writer-directors Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein, who are married, were also trying to adapt to the pandemic normal in Los Angeles. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "At Sundance, pandemic dramas unfold on screen and off," 28 Jan. 2021 There is less evidence that Americans are strictly and explicitly married to a de facto 60-vote requirement for getting legislation through the Senate, besides certain revenue bills. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Fine, Keep the Filibuster. Kill the 60-Vote Requirement Instead.," 27 Jan. 2021 In the Old West a married, childless woman joins a gang of desperados. The California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Los Angeles Times, "Bestsellers List Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021," 27 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While visiting his home country in August, the 23-year-old married and then returned to Portland to get immigration papers to bring his new wife to live with him. oregonlive, "Uber driver -- an Iraqi refugee working to bring new wife to U.S. -- on life support after suspected mistaken shooting," 16 Dec. 2020 Joe seemed to find his place in the conviviality of saloon life — the constant company of other people; the distracting kookiness and drama of the regulars; the dutiful marrieds, the swingers. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus. Then He Took A Cruise.," 18 Apr. 2020 Also in the news, a London School of Economics professor and author of a forthcoming book claimed childless single people are happier than marrieds. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "We have access to more data than ever—why do we get so much of it wrong?," 20 June 2019 Econ- omies of scale—everything from splitting rent to sharing groceries—can also help marrieds quickly build wealth (that’s the value of your assets like savings and stocks and property, minus any debt). Kerri Anne Renzulli, Glamour, "Here's How Your Relationship Status Affects Your Bank Account," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of married


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of married was in the 14th century

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“Married.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of married

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: united in marriage
: having a husband or wife
: of or relating to marriage



English Language Learners Definition of married (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : a married person

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