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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All the while, MacLaine finds herself in and out of matrimony a total of four times—four times a bride, four times a widow. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Ode to the Campiest Film You’ve Probably Never Seen," 19 Apr. 2019 Getty Images Despite Becky with the Good Hair infiltrating the most holy matrimony of our time, Beyoncé and Jay Z appear to have Lemonade'd their way through the ordeal. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé and Jay Z Went on a Pizza Date and Sang "Let's Get It On"," 2 May 2016 That’s a pretty depressing outlook as far as matrimony is concerned. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "My Millennial Divorce: A Week of Stories That Explore Uncoupling in a Modern World," 26 Nov. 2018 But the road to a royal wedding has no speed limit, and Markle and Harry cruised toward destination holy matrimony (with a few speed bumps along the way). Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 15 Oct. 2018 Any Day Now Proposal rumors (yet again) reach a fever pitch as the family of Cressida Bonas reportedly converges for the G8 Summit of royal matrimony. Rachel Mosely, Town & Country, "The 1% Daily," 4 Apr. 2014 Before the pair take the big step into matrimony, Grande and Davidson may have made the move to cohabitation. Jordan Runtagh,, "Ariana Grande Tells Fans 'Life's Too Short to Be Cryptic' About Whirlwind Pete Davidson Romance," 18 June 2018 When given the opportunity to bring some relief to that broken heart through matrimony, King instead decided to break it again — and that emotional blow made Batman even stronger. David Betancourt,, "Fans were mad that Batman and Catwoman's wedding day surprise was ruined. But the story is still great.," 10 July 2018 On May 27, James Hilton Harrell III joined in the bonds of matrimony with Diane Alone — his drag queen alter ego. Carolyne Zinko,, "A drag wedding, but not in the way you think," 5 July 2018

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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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