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

conjugal, connubial, marital, matrimonial, nuptial, wedded

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of married in a Sentence


They are happily married with several children. a sermon on the joys and responsibilities of married love

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In January, federal prosecutors filed attempted extortion charges against Alderman Ed Burke, a longtime Democratic power broker who is married to a state Supreme Court justice. Aaron M. Renn, WSJ, "A Mad Dash for City Hall in the Windy City," 22 Feb. 2019 The Leftovers star, who was married to Aniston for over two years, shared a black and white photo of the Friends alum on Instagram today with a sweet message. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston's Ex Justin Theroux Wishes Her Happy Birthday on Instagram," 11 Feb. 2019 Orland was previously married to model Miranda Kerr, and the duo share son Flynn, who is eight. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Katy Perry's Engagement Ring From Orlando Bloom," 15 Feb. 2019 Before becoming Keys' hubby, Swizz was previously married to singer Mashonda Tifrere. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who is Alicia Keys' Husband, Swizz Beatz?," 10 Feb. 2019 Gabbard was previously married to Eduardo Tamayo (his surname appears on her uniform in some photos); she’s said her time away in the military strained their union to the breaking point. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Tulsi Gabbard Wants to Put a Little ‘Aloha’ in the 2020 Race," 19 Jan. 2019 Danica was previously married to composer Michael Verta from 2009 until 2012. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "How Hallmark Star Danica McKellar Found Love with Her Husband After Divorce," 21 Dec. 2018 The couple had been married the day before departing on the cruise ship and arrived in Roatan on Thursday, Radio America reported. Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured," 10 July 2018 Girls who attend school are likely to delay getting married and having children, even in countries where education is terrible. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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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