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

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

They had been married several years and moved into a new house just weeks before they were killed. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "DNA test solves 45-year-old double-murder mystery in Montana," 25 Mar. 2019 Mike, who is more outgoing and conservative, married at 21 and went to night school. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Rare, Special Bond of a Lifelong Male Friendship," 20 Mar. 2019 Only gay people wanna get married and go into the military. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018 Fox News: What is married life like for you with DJ Ruckus? Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik recalls being bullied over her looks: 'I wasn't in a good place'," 25 Sep. 2018 But because Lucas is married (even if the bloom is definitely off the rose in that relationship) and because Katya has a protective, hyper-vigilant brother (Dmitry Chepovetsky), a lot of agonizing has to happen before the inevitable happens. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: Keanu Reeves is stranded in the low-energy romantic thrills of 'Siberia'," 10 July 2018 Powell, now married with an infant daughter, hadn’t wanted to go to trial and entered a guilty plea Wednesday in DeKalb County state court and was granted first-offender status. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Forgiveness: Mother urges leniency for son’s killer," 8 June 2018 Princess Eugenie attended the service for the first time as a married woman with her husband Jack Brooksbank. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice Stuns in Navy Outfit for Christmas Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 The ideological privilege of liberals allows the left to stereotype white, married women (30% of the electorate) as susceptible to influence from husbands, fathers, sons and male employers when making decisions and casting votes. WSJ, "Progressive Privilege Prejudice and the U.N.," 16 Dec. 2018

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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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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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