mat·​ri·​mo·​nial | \ ˌma-trə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce matrimonial (audio) , -nyəl\

Definition of matrimonial

: of or relating to marriage, the married state, or married persons

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Other Words from matrimonial

matrimonially adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for matrimonial


conjugal, connubial, marital, married, nuptial, wedded



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Examples of matrimonial in a Sentence

she plans to focus on matrimonial concerns after she's established in her career

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Luke Burbank met an Ohio couple who sprang the big news to their guests at a party that suddenly turned matrimonial. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (June 23)," 20 June 2019 And good, above all, for the novel, a genre that is unthinkable without matrimonial disaster. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How Infidelity Helped Create the Novel," 2 May 2019 Baffled by a daughter with no matrimonial or professional prospects, Vivian’s parents send her off to an eccentric aunt who owns a crumbling theater in New York. Ron Charles | The Washington Post,, "Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portland to discuss her new novel, ‘City of Girls,’ about a young woman’s summer of sex," 7 June 2019 This new restriction won’t apply to agreements finalized this year or in prior years, says Elena Karabatos, a matrimonial lawyer at Schlissel Ostrow and Karabatos PLLC. Tom Herman, WSJ, "Tips on Deciding Which Tax-Filing Status Is Best for You," 16 Dec. 2018 As the couple made their way into the church, the newlyweds walked hand-in-hand in a sweet nod to their own matrimonial bliss. Maria Pasquini,, "Meghan Markle Goes Floral & Coordinates with Prince Harry at Wedding of Princess Diana’s Niece," 17 June 2018 Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber are celebrating two decades of matrimonial bliss. Alexia Fernandez,, "Cindy Crawford Celebrates 20 Years of Marriage to Rande Gerber with Throwback Wedding Photo," 29 May 2018 With cameras allowed inside the ceremony, a slew of networks are carrying live coverage of all the matrimonial magic, including their vows, her dress and the couple's carriage ride around Windsor greeting the public. Deirdre Durkan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Royal Wedding: How to Watch in the U.S.," 14 May 2018 The visual interest is all in the costumes, designed by Mr. Pelly, particularly the dizzying parade of wacky red gowns worn by the ladies who are presented as matrimonial prospects to the Prince at the ball. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of matrimonial

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matrimonial was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of matrimonial

formal : of or relating to marriage


mat·​ri·​mo·​ni·​al | \ ˌma-trə-ˈmō-nē-əl How to pronounce matrimonial (audio) \

Kids Definition of matrimonial

: of or relating to marriage

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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