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

Example Sentences

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


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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“Matrimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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mat·​ri·​mo·​ny ˈma-trə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce matrimony (audio)
plural matrimonies
: the union of two people as spouses : marriage

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