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

Definition of matrimony

: 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 Happy Hour may, in other words, technically be a novel about contemporary-ish New York scammers, but it can also be read as a novelization of a theoretical gold-digging comedy from the 50s, minus the ultimate threat of matrimony. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 30 Dec. 2021 For whatever reason, weight loss has gotten mixed up in matrimony, and the only way to guarantee its absence from your dress appointment is to directly call it out. Marielle Elizabeth, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2021 The Shakespearean tragedy, one that involves malice, matrimony and murder, tells the story of one couple’s obsession with power — and their guilt after doing the unthinkable. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 People have grown less inclined toward the idea of matrimony, something generally attributed to a variety of factors, including women's educational and workforce attainment, declines in religious participation and economic pressures, among others. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Adding insult to matrimony, Mehar hasn't met her husband-to-be. Kevin Canfield, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 After about a week, the survey closes, the responses are run through an algorithm, and the respondents are paired off to enjoy long-lasting matrimony. New York Times, 19 May 2021 Deena Lynn Judith Pilney McElroy of Manchester and John Martin Christopher Misselwitz of Vernon were joined in the sacrament of matrimony on April 16, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, in Rocky Hill., 30 Apr. 2021 It is aimed at singles serious about matrimony and tries to make women comfortable about signing up. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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3 Jan 2022

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“Matrimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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