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

Ike Diogu and Remy Martin are sitting about 20 rows up at Arizona State’s Wells Fargo Arena, a few seats apart, and bickering like an old married couple, or college roommates. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Despite the bickering, Remy Martin finds a kindred ASU basketball spirit in Ike Diogu," 29 June 2019 At present married couples are allowed to file joint income-tax returns. The Economist, "Why Germany’s birth rate is rising and Italy’s isn’t," 29 June 2019 In some instances, there were multiple defendants on a single suit, such as in the case of a married couple. ProPublica, "How We Tallied Medical Debt Lawsuits and Wage Garnishments in Memphis," 27 June 2019 As a young married couple, Megan and her husband had trouble conceiving children and turned to adoption. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He looks so normal’: When it comes to FASDs, there’s no such thing as predictability," 24 June 2019 Thursday was no exception: The married couple was spotted by paparazzi arriving at their hotel, which is rumored to be the location of their second nuptials. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Wore a $25 Dickies T-Shirt With a Pair of Mango Mules in Paris," 23 June 2019 However, recently the married couple has discovered a new way of addressing tabloid rumors: going along with them. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher Have A New Way Of Shutting Down Tabloid Rumors," 20 June 2019 Sandler and Jennifer Aniston play a bored married couple who take a European vacation only to get sucked into, well, a mystery involving a murder. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Adam Sandler Netflix Experiment Continues With Murder Mystery," 18 June 2019 Pratt took to Instagram to share their first picture as a married couple, revealing his new wife’s gorgeous wedding dress designed by Armani. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chris Pratt Just Gave the First Look at Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wedding Dress," 10 June 2019

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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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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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