mat·​ri·​mo·​ny | \ˈma-trə-ˌmō-nē \

Definition of matrimony 

: the state of being married : marriage

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Synonyms for matrimony


conjugality, marriage, match, wedlock

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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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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 Many people in investment banking describe mergers as a kind of corporate matrimony. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Whole Foods CEO Says He's Not Afraid to 'Speak Truth' to Jeff Bezos," 14 June 2018 Married Women is a column that explores how women are redefining the rules of matrimony. Arielle Greenberg, The Cut, "My Boyfriend, My Husband, and Me," 14 June 2018 Below, some guidelines for matrimony media covering the entire wedding season; best to follow these or risk ending up as a screenshot in a group chat of Mean Girls—who secretly just want to be invited to your wedding! Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Wedding Season Instagram Rules: Tips for Posting Before, During, and After," 31 May 2018 The narrative does end peacefully enough, pivoting from the initial movement’s manic bustle and sweetly echoing Dave’s refined plea for some degree of matrimony as the band decrescendos with him. Ryan Gabos, Billboard, "From 'Crash' to 'Crush': 20 Years of Dave Matthews Band's Haunting Masterwork 'Before These Crowded Streets'," 27 Apr. 2018 Jana Kramer‘s three years of matrimony haven’t been smooth sailing, but the country music star is not giving up on love. Chelsea White,, "Jana Kramer Celebrates Wedding Anniversary After Cheating Scandal: 'For Better or For Worse'," 22 May 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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