mat·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ ˈma-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce matrimony (audio) \

Definition of matrimony

: the state of being married : marriage

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Examples of matrimony in a Sentence

two people joined in matrimony we intend to be joined in matrimony until “death do us part”

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Monica secretly married Brown in a private L.A. wedding ceremony in November 2010, and the pair kept their matrimony under wraps for months before confirming the news in January 2011. Jeff Nelson,, "Monica Reveals Her 11-Year-Old Son Asked If She Could 'Stop' Her Divorce from Shannon Brown," 2 Aug. 2019 This was no conventional wedding to join two people in matrimony. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Craving Freedom, Japan’s Women Opt Out of Marriage," 3 Aug. 2019 Ammal embarked on a life of scholarship over one of matrimony, obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Queen Mary’s College, Madras and an honors degree in botany from the Presidency College. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Pioneering Female Botanist Who Sweetened a Nation and Saved a Valley," 1 Aug. 2019 But the situation is different among the middle and working classes; overall, as many as one-third of the births in the U.S. take place outside matrimony. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 There was a lively second line procession, good food and all-around good vibes on the last day Essence Fest as these two joined in holy matrimony. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Lisa and Sunette Said 'I Do' During Essence Festival 2018," 5 July 2019 Today, the Bravo couple will cement their union in holy matrimony in Brittany's home state of Kentucky at The Kentucky Castle in Versailles, KT., "Here's How Much Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright Are Worth," 30 June 2019 So when the three join together in holy matrimony, the result can be pretty damn satisfying—not to mention Instagram-ready. Glamour, "The Mother of All Pool Floats Is Shaped Like a Rosé Bottle—and It's Only $19," 23 June 2019 They were joined in holy matrimony at St. George Armenian Church on April 2, 2019 with their loving family and friends to witness their union., "Edward A. Urbanik Jr.," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of matrimony

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for matrimony

Middle English, from Anglo-French matrimoignie, from Latin matrimonium, from matr-, mater mother, matron — more at mother

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mat·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ ˈma-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce matrimony (audio) \

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to make a temporary encampment

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