matrimony

noun

mat·​ri·​mo·​ny ˈma-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce matrimony (audio)
: the state of being married : marriage

Examples of matrimony in a Sentence

two people joined in matrimony we intend to be joined in matrimony until “death do us part”
Recent Examples on the Web Yet Gracia, encouraged by the priests to suffer in imitation of Christ and for the promise of eternal afterlife, resolved to stay in disharmonious matrimony with Tadaoki. Nicholas Liu, Vulture, 17 Apr. 2024 Cott argues that although many Americans view matrimony as a religious affair, historical records show that it is best understood as a social, legal, and civil institution. Omar G. Encarnación, Foreign Affairs, 28 Apr. 2015 Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz Beckham celebrated their second year of matrimony on April 9, and David, 48, shouted out his son and daughter-in-law in two adorable posts on his Instagram Stories. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 The couple have been together since 1997 and have almost achieved 30 years of matrimony. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 25 Mar. 2024 Jihan had noticed that the act of matrimony transformed many of her friends’ charming suitors into petty tyrants. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 John Phillips, Getty Images Ahluwalia John Phillips, Getty Images Ahluwalia John Phillips, Getty Images Ahluwalia John Phillips, Getty Images Ahluwalia John Phillips, Getty Images Ahluwalia John Phillips, Getty Images Holy matrimony! USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2024 That’s the question more and more women confront when considering cohabitating or even matrimony. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 Infidelity, recurring unresolved conflict, and lack of compatibility can chip away at bonds of matrimony over time. Ebony Flake, Essence, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matrimony was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Matrimony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matrimony. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

matrimony

noun
mat·​ri·​mo·​ny ˈma-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce matrimony (audio)
plural matrimonies
: the union of two people as spouses : marriage
matrimonial
ˌma-trə-ˈmō-nē-əl
-nyəl
adjective
matrimonially
adverb

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