proxy marriage


: a marriage celebrated in the absence of one of the contracting parties who is represented at the ceremony by a proxy

Examples of proxy marriage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Montana is the only state where double-proxy marriages are allowed, meaning the ceremony can take place using two stand-ins and neither member of the couple has to be present. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of proxy marriage was in 1900

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“Proxy marriage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

proxy marriage

: a marriage performed in the absence of either party to a marriage who authorizes a proxy to represent him or her at the ceremony
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